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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Oxford University man and US professor arrested for Chicago murder

The two suspects handed themselves in

An undated combo handout photo made available by the Chicago Police Department shows suspects Wyndham Lathem (L), 42, and Andrew Warren (R), 56, wanted with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing to death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau on July 27, 2017. EPA
An undated combo handout photo made available by the Chicago Police Department shows suspects Wyndham Lathem (L), 42, and Andrew Warren (R), 56, wanted with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing to death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau on July 27, 2017. EPA

An Oxford University employee and a US professor suspected of killing a man in Chicago have been arrested.

Following a US-wide manhunt for the two men, Briton Andrew Warren, 56, handed himself in nearly 3,200 kilometres away in San Francisco while Wyndham Lathem, 42, gave himself up in Oakland.

The pair have been accused of fatally stabbing Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, from Michigan, in Mr Lathem's Chicago flat on July 27.

Mr Warren and Mr Lathem will appear in court in the coming days.

In a statement, Chicago police said: "Both individuals will be held accountable for their actions and we hope today's arrest brings some comfort for the victim's family."

Mr Lathem is a microbiology professor at Northwestern University in Illinois, who specialises in the bacteria that caused the bubonic plague.

He sent family and friends a video in which he apologised, police said.

UK police have confirmed Mr Warren was reported missing on July 25 having left the UK the day before.

Speaking before the suspects handed themselves in, Cornell-Duranleau's mother, Charlotte Cornell, told reporters that the suspects are not known to the family.

In a statement which was released to the media, she said: “Our Family is deeply saddened by the death of our son. It is our hope that the person or persons responsible for his death are brought to justice.

“We are asking that you allow our family to process and grieve this tragedy privately. We are asking all media outlets to not contact our family, friends or associates.

“When we have had sufficient time to mourn our child's passing, we will release a more in depth statement if we believe it is appropriate to do so.”

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