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Chicago professor to appear in California court on murder charge

DUBLIN, Calif. (Reuters) – A university professor charged with stabbing a Chicago-area man to death in July will be arraigned in a California court on Monday, three days after he ended a week-long manhunt by surrendering to authorities.

The murder attracted international attention as police searched for the main suspect, who they said apologized in a video and may have made a mysterious donation to a library in the victim’s name.

Wyndham Lathem, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, will appear in Alameda County Superior Court in Dublin, California, on Monday morning, according to jail records.

He and Andrew Warren, an employee of Britain’s Oxford University, were arrested on Friday for the July 27 fatal stabbing of Trenton Cornell Duranleau. Chicago authorities have described the crime as domestic in nature but have not offered a motive.

Duranleau, 26, was found dead in Lathem’s Chicago apartment with stab wounds to his back. Investigators discovered one knife with a broken blade in the kitchen trash can and another near the sink, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing unidentified law enforcement sources.

Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College, was being held in a San Francisco jail.

Records there did not list an upcoming court date, but a San Francisco Sheriff’s Department official said Warren would probably be arraigned on Monday in the city’s Superior Court. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.

Adam Sheppard, one of Lathem’s lawyers, said his client would waive extradition and agree to return to Chicago to face charges.

“We’re encouraging everybody not to have a rush to judgment,” he said, declining to comment on the specific allegations. Sheppard said Lathem had received a flood of messages of support from colleagues, friends and family.

“What he is accused of is totally contrary to the way he has lived his entire life,” Kenneth Wine, another of his attorneys, said in a statement ahead of the hearing.

Lathem, 42, sent family and friends a video apologizing for the crime, according to police. He surrendered in Oakland on Friday after his family and a lawyer helped negotiate with authorities, while Warren was taken into custody in San Francisco.

The case had taken investigators to the Wisconsin resort community of Lake Geneva, where a man who police believe may have been Lathem made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Duranleau’s name.

Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Dan Grebler

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