Suspects in River North high rise murder return to Chicago

  • Suspects in River North high rise murder return to Chicago

Suspects in River North high rise murder return to Chicago

Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, 56, arrived in police custody to Chicago late Friday, according to Chicago police.

An Illinois state prosecutor shared new details about the July slaying, describing to the court how Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, the 26-year-old boyfriend of since-fired professor Wyndham Lathem, was stabbed some 70 times and with such brutality that he was almost decapitated.

The men are accused of killing Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau last month in Lathem's high-rise Chicago condo. He had worked at the university as an associate professor of microbiology.

On the evening of July 27, a doorman at the Grand Plaza Apartments, located at 540 N. State St., received an anonymous phone call telling him to check a residence on the 10th floor "because a crime may have been committed", CPD Detective Commander Brendan Deenihan said at a news conference Sunday.

Cornell-Duranleau, a MI native, had been asleep in Lathem's high-rise Chicago condo when Lathem began plunging a 6-inch dry-wall saw knife into his chest and neck, prosecutor Natosha Toller said. A cosmetologist at a local salon, Cornell-Duranleau is believed to have had some sort of relationship with Lathem.

A post-mortem examination found the victim, originally from Corunna, Michigan, had methamphetamines in his system.

Detectives spoke with witnesses who said they heard "what sounded like a fight and screaming" at around 5 a.m. that morning. The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself.

Chicago Police charged the pair with first-degree murder after they were returned to the city from California.

At another point after the killing, Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement in the crime, which he called the "biggest mistake of my life".

These booking photos provided by the Chicago Police Department show Wyndham Lathem, left, and Andrew Warren on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. The two could make court appearances here as early as early next week, police said.

"It was not domestic in nature, like a husband and wife, or boyfriend (and) boyfriend, or a love triangle, that was not the motive", Deenihan said.