A Northwestern University professor charged with killing a Chicago man was denied a security clearance by French authorities to work in a prestigious school.
The Institut Pasteur in Paris said in a statement to The Chicago Tribune that Wyndham Lathem’s application for a science program was initially accepted.
He was already making arrangements to move to France, but the government shut down his request early this year.
“Wyndham Lathem did not receive security clearance from the French authorities,” an institute spokeswoman said in a statement to the Tribune. “This clearance being essential for this type of position, the recruitment was not pursued.”
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The spokeswoman said French authorities didn’t give reasons why they rejected the professor.
Lathem and his friend Andrew Warren, an Oxford University employee, are accused of killing 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau.
Chicago police officers responded to Lathem’s apartment on an anonymous call on July 27 and found Cornell-Duranleau’s body with multiple stab wounds.
The 42-year-old surrendered in Oakland, Calif., and Warren, 56, was arrested in San Francisco Friday. Lathem has agreed to be extradited to Illinois and Warren is expected to do the same. Both men have been charged with murder.
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Lathem, who is known for his work on diseases in the Middle Ages, had been an associate professor in Northwestern University’s microbiology department since 2007.
The school fired him after avoiding police, sparking a cross-country manhunt for nearly a week. His profile on the university’s website has since been taken down.
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