OAKLAND, Calif. (Allie Rasmus/KTVU) - One of the two men accused of being involved in a recent homicide in Chicago appeared in Alameda County Superior Court in Dublin this afternoon but waived his arraignment, according to his attorney.
Instead, Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology at Northwestern University, will be arraigned in Chicago after he's extradited in the near future and will plea guilty in connection with the death of 28-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau on July 27, attorney Kenneth Wine said.
After a nationwide manhunt, Lathem surrendered to U.S. Marshals personnel at the federal courthouse in Oakland on Friday evening, Marshal Service officials said.
Fellow suspect Andrew Warren, 56, an employee at Oxford University in England, turned himself in to the San Francisco Police Department's Park Station on Friday night, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Warren is being held at the San Francisco County Jail. Jail records don't indicate when he will appear in court.
First-degree murder warrants were issued early last week for both Lathem and Warren, according to the Marshals Service.
Cornell-Duranleau was found unresponsive and with several lacerations on his body in the 500 block of North State Street in Chicago and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Chicago police.
Wine, Lathem's attorney, said in a statement, "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."
He said, "They all describe him in the same way - a kind, intelligent and gentle soul, and a loyal and trusted friend."
Wine said, "This is the first step in a long process. At this time it is critical to remind everyone, press and public alike, that all criminal cases are tried in courtrooms and not the press."
He said, "All of us want the truth to come out, but it will take time and patience. I urge you to be patient, suspend your judgment and let the facts come out in the courtroom as the Constitution intends."