Police: 2 in custody in death of landlord over rent payment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say a man has been charged with murdering his landlord, who was shot and later found in a burning garage.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/25GkHW0 ) that 33-year-old Maurice Watkins of Columbus was charged in the slaying of 50-year-old Joseph Remlinger. Court records show Remlinger was trying to evict Watkins and had brought eviction proceedings against him last month.

Police say Watkins has confessed to the shooting.

Court records indicate Watkins has been assigned a public defender, whose office was closed Saturday.

Watkins and another man were taken into police custody Thursday after firefighters extinguished a garage fire and found Remlinger’s body.

Police say they are planning to file an arson charge against a 26-year-old man, who investigators have said helped set the fire to cover up the shooting.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com