Northwestern University professor accused of murder makes first court appearance

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A court hearing was held Monday for a Northwestern University associate professor accused of murdering a man in Chicago. (@ACSOSheriffs/Twitter)

A court hearing was held Monday for a Northwestern University associate professor accused of murdering a man in Chicago.

Wyndham Lathem and the other suspect Andrew Warren turned themselves in Friday night.

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That associate professor was under intensive observation while in jail over the weekend.

The two men were fugitives for eight days before they turned themselves into authorities in the Bay Area, last week.

Warren is a treasury assistant at one of Oxford's residential colleges in England, and is currently being held at a jail in San Francisco.

Both men are accused in the stabbing death of cosmetologist Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, in Chicago.

Police found Duranleau's body inside Lathem's apartment about a week and a half ago. "Guys aren't caught and there's a murder seven floors beneath us, it's kind of weird. Now, that they are in custody we'll sleep better at night, neighbor James Laukota said.

Friends said prior to his death, Duranlea and Lathem were dating and that he wanted out of the relationship.

Warren had arrived in the U.S. just three days before the homicide.

Lanthem's attorney said he came to the Bay Area before his arrest because some of his closest friends and family live there.

Just before the hearing, Lanthem's attorney spoke to ABC7 News. "Since the beginning of this case, the defense has received dozens of phone calls and letters in support of Lanthem. These are from friends and colleagues who have known him for decades, and they all describe him as a kind, intelligent and gentle soul, and a loyal and trusted friend. What he is accused of is totally contrary to the way he has lived his entire life," defense attorney Ken Wine said.

Lathem is expected to waive extradition and be sent back to Illinois by the end of the week.

ABC7 News learned Warren is expected to make a court appearance on Friday.

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