Northwestern University Professor Wyndham Lathem waived extradition Monday. His attorney Ken Wine encouraged people to suspend judgment.
"I don't know any of the facts anyone who claims they do is a fool," said Wine.
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Police have described a horrific crime scene inside the professor's chicago apartment after receiving an anonymous 911 call. They found 26-year-old cosmetologist Trenton Cornell-Duranleau stabbed to death.
Chicago murder suspect Wyndham Lanthem expected to appear in Dublin court momentarily. His attorney urging the public to suspend judgement pic.twitter.com/hQv8UfZZD3— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) August 7, 2017
Lathem along with Andrew Warren, an employee at Oxford University in England who is also facing murder charges fled to the Bay Area where they turned themselves in Friday night, Warren in San Francisco and Lathem in Oakland.
According to Chicago Police, before his surrender, Lathem sent a video to family and friends apologizing for the murder saying,
"It is the biggest mistake of my life."
The day of the murder, Lathem and Warren also made a 1-thousand dollar donation to a Wisconsin public library in Duranleau's name.
People who know Lathem did not want to speak about him to reporters today but his attorney says he's been inundated with calls from friends and family describing him as a kind and gentle soul.
"Hopefully the case comes out as it should in the courtroom and that the speculation and rumors stop so that this man can get a fair trial," said Wine.
In a statement, the Cornell-Duranleau family said: "The Cornell-Duranleau family would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who were instrumental in bringing the suspects into custody. Their diligent efforts, have given our family some comfort as we mourn this tragedy. Given the nature of how our son suffered and died, we are hopeful that the judge will deny bail for both suspects until this matter is settled in a court of law. While we continue to grieve and struggle to make sense of Trenton's death, we ask for privacy so we can lay our son to rest."
Warren is expected to appear in a San Francisco court Friday.
People who know Lanthem in court gestured at him as he teared up. Attorney asserted Lanthem's 5th & 6th amendment rights https://t.co/17kGlXkGnY— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) August 7, 2017