Two Men From Elite Universities Charged With a Killing 'Dark and Disturbing'

Two Men From Elite Universities Charged With a Killing 'Dark and Disturbing'

Police in the USA have ruled out a love triangle between an Oxford University employee, a United States professor, and a 26-year-old hairdresser, whose murder the pair have been charged with, instead saying there was a "dark and disturbing" motive behind the death. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday.

Lathem, a well published microbiologist, began teaching at Northwestern University in north suburban Evanston in 2007.

Guglielmi said that the day after the slaying, Lathem and Warren went to the Lake Geneva Public Library in Wisconsin and donated $1,000 in Cornell-Duranleau's name.

It's unclear what the relationship was between Lathem, Cornell-Duranleau and Warren, who's British. After that, Lathem turned himself in to federal authorities in Oakland after his attorneys negotiated a surrender.

There, police found Cornell-Duranleau dead from multiple stab wounds, Deenihan said.

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Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed more than 40 times, so "savagely murdered", according to police, that the blade of one of the two knives believed to have been used in the attack was broken.

However, Chicago Police's Commander Brendan Deenihan said there was a "dark and disturbing" motive behind the death. Investigators later discovered that Lathem was staying at a hotel close to the apartment building, and was seen with the victim on surveillance video in the area the day before. The pair, who are wanted in Chicago on first-degree murder warrants, waived extradition and are expected to appear in bond court at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name. According to autopsy results released Friday by the Cook County medical examiner's office, Cornell-Duranleau had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death. The two were tracked down to California and authorities negotiated with the suspects' lawyers to get both men to turn themselves in on August 4.

The case took freakish turns as authorities revealed Latham donated $1,000 to a Wisconsin library in the dead man's name and sent an apology video to friends and family.

Lathem's attorney, Kenneth Wine, said earlier this month that the alleged crime is "totally contrary to the way (Lathem) has lived his entire life" and urged the ex-professor's supporters to "be patient".

He plans to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer. Warren was apprehended across the bay in San Francisco by local police the same night. She said he is "presumed innocent", but declined to comment further.

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