Two River North murder suspects extradited; headed to Chicago


More than two weeks after their surrender, two fugitives are back in Chicago to face charges.

He and 43-year-old Wyndham Lathem, a former Northwestern University professor, face charges of first-degree murder over the death last month of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, a MI native who had been working in Chicago.

The two men turned themselves in to police on August 4, following a two-week manhunt that began after the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was discovered in Lathem's River North apartment.

Police announced on Saturday that they had both been charged with first-degree murder after they were returned to the city from California, where they handed themselves in following a nationwide manhunt. The two could make court appearances here as early as early next week, police said.

Lathem, who has been sacked as a microbiology professor at Northwestern University in IL, was in a personal relationship with the victim, police have 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.

Officers found a "very gruesome" crime scene inside, with the victim "savagely murdered", Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi has said.