NU professor will return to Chicago to face charges in brutal murder

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DUBLIN, Calif. -- A Northwestern University professor will head back to Chicago to face charges in a brutal stabbing death.

Wyndham Lathem appeared in a California courtroom Monday afternoon and waived extradition back to Illinois. Chicago authorities have 30 days to get him.

Lathem and Andrew Warren, an Oxford University financial officer, were on the run for more than a week before they surrendered Friday to authorities in Oakland and San Francisco. They are being held on murder warrants in the July 27 death of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau. Lathem's attorney has said he will plead not guilty to the charges.

Five supporters of Lathem who attended Monday's hearing and declined to comment afterward. His lawyer said he is a "gentle soul" and the allegations run contrary to how he's lived his life, the professor's before the initial court appearance in California, where he was arrested.

Kenneth H. Wine, an attorney for Wyndham Lathem, urged the public to withhold judgment until all of the facts come out.

"Since the beginning of this case, the defense has received dozens of calls and letters in support of Dr. Lathem, from friends and colleagues who have known him for decades," Wine said in a statement. "They all describe him in the same way — 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."

Lathem, a Northwestern microbiologist, and Warren surrendered to San Francisco Bay Area authorities Friday night.  Lathem and Warren have not been formally charged. Lathem, who surrendered in Oakland, California was being held without bail in Alameda County. Wine added that Lathem, 42, came to the San Francisco Bay Area to see his closest friends and family members. Asked about Lathem's mental state, Wine said he is fine.

Warren, a British national, surrendered in San Francisco and does not have an initial court date yet.

Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the killing.

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