Police have formally charged two Illinois men with first-degree murder for the July stabbing death of a 26-year-old man, Chicago police said Sunday.
Prosecutors accused former Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford University employee Andrew Warren, 56, of stabbing Trenton Cornell-Duranleau as part of a sexual fantasy of “killing others and then themselves,” WGN reported.
Lathem was arrested in Oakland and Warren turned himself in, police said.
"What I can tell you, it was not domestic in nature -- like a husband/wife or boyfriend/boyfriend or love triangle -- that was not the motive. It was a little bit more dark and disturbing," Chicago Police Detective Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan said, CNN reports.
Deenihan said that Lathem and Cornell-Duranleau were boyfriends. Lathem met Warren online, and Warren came to visit Lathem in Chicago several days before the July 26 attack.
At 5 a.m. on July 26, neighbors of Lathem heard screaming coming from his apartment. The next day, the doorman received a call to check the apartment, and police then found the body of Cornell-Duranleau, dead from stabbing wounds.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office found that Cornell-Duranleau had been stabbed 70 times, prosecutors said.
While on the run, Lathem allegedly sent a video of himself to Cornell-Duranlaeu’s family, in which he allegedly apologizes for the death.
[Photos: Chicago Police Department]