Oxford University Employee, Former US Professor Charged With 1st Degree Murder

He and 43-year-old Wyndham Lathem, a former Northwestern University professor, face charges of first-degree murder for the death last month of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a MI native who had been working in Chicago.

Warren and Lathem allegedly fled the state shortly after Cornell-Duranleau's death, sparking a manhunt.

Warren and Lathem have been charged with first degree murder.

On July 26, authorities said Lathem rented a room for Warren at the Palomar Hotel, within walking distance of his home at the Grand Plaza Apartments, located at 540 N. State St.

Lathem's lawyer, Barry Sheppard, who spoke to reporters after the hearing, said that people should not "rush to judgment". She said Lathem was supposed to stab Warren to death as Warren was shooting and killing him.

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The men showered, then fled, prosecutors said, finally turning themselves over to authorities in the Bay Area nine days after the slaying.

In a unusual twist, on the same day as the murder, Lathem made a $5,610 cash donation to Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center in the name "Cornell-Duranleau", according to the prosecution.

Warren then went to get two kitchen knives, prosecutors said, and returned to join Lathem in continuing to stab the victim - using so much force that the blade of one of the knives broke. He had been stabbed 47 times in his back, chest, shoulder and abdomen.

The man's last words were "Wyndham, what are you doing?" prosecutors said.

Cornell-Duranleau's death occurred the same day one of the suspects walked into the public library of Lake Geneva, a Wisconsin resort city about an hour's drive from Chicago, and made a $1,000 cash donation in the victim's name.

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Lathem began plunging a 6-inch dry-wall saw knife into his Cornell-Duranleau's chest and neck, prosecutor Natosha Toller said. "It was a little bit more dark and disturbing", Chicago police Detective Cmdr.

Warren, who says on Facebook that he lives in Swindon, Wiltshire, was suspended from his job as senior treasury assistant after Mr Cornell-Duranleau's body was discovered. He said officials learned the pair had friends and family in California, and negotiated a deal for the duo to turn themselves in through those friends and an attorney. He also admitted Cornell-Duranleau "trusted him completely and felt safe with him but he betrayed that trust". Warren was arrested in San Francisco, while Lathem later surrendered at the federal courthouse in Oakland after communicating with authorities, according to the U.S. Marshals office.

As prosecutors laid out the case against Warren and Lathem, a former Northwestern University professor, they said it was premeditated murder.

Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren arrived in Chicago just before midnight Friday from California. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday.

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