Lawyer says professor plans to plead not guilty

PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee accused in the fatal stabbing of a Chicago man (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

An attorney for a Northwestern University professor suspected in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Chicago man says his client will plead not guilty to charges.

Attorney Kenneth H. Wine said before Wyndham Lathem’s initial court appearance Monday that Lathem also plans to waive his right to an extradition hearing and that he expects him to be returned to Chicago within weeks.

Lathem and Andrew Warren, an Oxford University financial officer, face preliminary charges of first-degree murder in the July 27 fatal stabbing of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, whose body was found that night in Lathem’s Chicago apartment.

The two were on the run for about a week before they surrendered Friday to authorities in Oakland and San Francisco.

Wine says Lathem came to the area to see his closest friends and family members. He says the 42-year-old Lathem’s mental state is fine.

Warren doesn’t have an initial court appearance scheduled yet.

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10 a.m.

An attorney for a Northwestern University microbiologist suspected in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Chicago man says the accusations are contrary to the way the suspect has lived his entire life.

Attorney Kenneth H. Wine released a statement on behalf of Wyndham Lathem before Lathem’s first court appearance Monday morning east of San Francisco.

Lathem and Oxford University financial officer, Andrew Warren, were sought in a cross-country chase on first-degree murder charges in the death of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau. His body was found July 27 in an apartment near downtown Chicago.

In the statement, Wine says Lathem is a kind, intelligent, and gentle soul, and a loyal and trusted friend.

Wine urged people to refrain from speculation and rumor during the fact-finding process and to be patient as the case moves forward in the courts.

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6:05 a.m.

A Northwestern University microbiologist suspected in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Chicago man is due in a California courtroom.

Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University financial officer, Andrew Warren, were sought in a cross-country chase on first-degree murder charges in the death of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau. His body was found July 27 in an apartment near downtown Chicago.

Lathem and Warren were fugitives for more than a week before separately turning themselves in to California…

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