Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Suspects in hair stylist stabbing brought back to Chicago

Wyndham Lathem CloseWyndham LathemSource Chicago Police Department
Christy Curtis | 21 August, 2017, 01:35

Wyndham Lathem, a U.S. citizen and a former Northwestern University professor, and Andrew Warren, an Oxford University employee from the United Kingdom, were charged with first-degree murder in Chicago, local media reported.

Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren from Northern California, where they surrendered on August 4 after an eight-day, nationwide manhunt. Detectives were questioning the men Saturday. The two could make court appearances here as early as early next week, police said.

Police believe the July 27 killing took place about 5 a.m., but authorities didn't learn of the stabbing until an anonymous caller reached the front desk of the apartment building about 8:30 p.m. that day.

Authorities have offered little information about what may have led to the attack. The 26-year-old hair stylist's body was found July 27. He had been dead more than 12 hours. The Michigan native had been living in Chicago. He arrived in the USA three days before the killing, after being reported missing in Great Britain.

Microbiologist Lathem, who has since been sacked by Northwestern University, plans to plead not guilty, according to his lawyer. The caller warned of a possible crime in Lathem's residence. Lake Geneva authorities said the man making the donation didn't give his name.

After the killing, Lathem sent a video to friends and relatives apologizing for his involvement, saying it was the "biggest mistake of my life". The video raised concern among investigators that Lathem might kill himself.

Mr Deenihan continued that Lathem and Warren met on the internet, and the professor collected the Briton from Chicago's O'Hare airport just days before the body was found.

Toller said Lathem then yelled at Warren, who was standing in a nearby doorway, and asked him for help. Warren was apprehended across the bay in San Francisco by local police the same night. She said Lathem was supposed to stab Warren to death as Warren was fatally shooting him.

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