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Renter arrested after 1 found dead in burning home in Colorado

By: Associated Press
March 17, 2014 Updated: March 17, 2014 at 5:29 pm
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photo - This undated photo released by the City of Golden Police Department shows Thomas Kevin Laperch, who has been jailed in connection with the apparent killing of a man found in a burning home in Golden, Colo. Laperch was arrested on Sunday, March 16, 2014, the day after the unidentified body was found in the fire. (AP Photo/City of Golden Police Department)
This undated photo released by the City of Golden Police Department shows Thomas Kevin Laperch, who has been jailed in connection with the apparent killing of a man found in a burning home in Golden, Colo. Laperch was arrested on Sunday, March 16, 2014, the day after the unidentified body was found in the fire. (AP Photo/City of Golden Police Department) 

GOLDEN — 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.

The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/1iWAOa1 ) an arrest affidavit released Monday says Thomas Kevin Laperch moved into the home from Maryland about a week ago after answering 54-year-old William Burchett's ad for a roommate on Craigslist. Since then, the two had argued about the rent and Burchett was planning to ask Laperch to leave, according to the affidavit.

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

Police say they found Burchett's home ransacked and an empty kerosene bottle on the floor.

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