Renter arrested after 1 found dead in burning home

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GOLDEN, Colo. | Investigators say a 22-year-old man arrested in the killing of a man whose body was found in a burning home in Golden had argued with the victim over rent.

An arrest affidavit released Monday says Thomas Kevin Laperch moved into the home from Maryland about a week ago after answering the victim’s ad for a roommate on Craigslist. Since then, they had argued about the rent and the victim was planning to ask Laperch to leave, according to the affidavit.

Investigators found the man’s body in the burning home on Saturday and arrested Laperch the next day. A judge advised him of his rights Monday but he hasn’t been charged yet.

Among other clues, police found the man’s home ransacked and an empty kerosene bottle lying on the floor.

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