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Former San Dieguito Student Arrested for First-Degree Murder

Grant Muren, 21, allegedly killed Charles Clarke on Jan. 22 during an argument that erupted following a sexual encounter.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A 21-year-old man from San Diego was in custody in Chicago today on suspicion of strangling his 55-year-old roommate in the Windy City.

Grant Muren was arrested in Chicago Jan. 23 on suspicion of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide in connection with the death of Charles Clarke, whose body was found in his townhouse in the Chicago suburb of Naperville on Jan. 22, according to DuPage County authorities.

Muren, a former Carmel Valley resident who attended high school at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, allegedly killed Clarke during an argument that erupted following a sexual encounter, NBC San Diego's affiliate in Chicago reported.

Just eight hours earlier, Muren had moved into Clarke's townhouse after answering a Craigslist ad for a roommate.

Prosecutors alleged that after the killing, Muren removed his personal belongings from the residence, attempted to burn his lease agreement and turned on the gas to the stove. Police responding to a report of a natural gas leak discovered the body in a bedroom area, NBC Chicago reported.

—City News Service

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