Two arrested after man found dead after garage fire

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Police have arrested two people after a person was found dead in a fire on Lilley Avenue, southeast of downtown.

The Columbus Division of Police arrested 33-year-old Maurice E. Watkins and 25-year-old Pierre Williams.

Watkins is charged with murder for allegedly shooting the victim, 50-year-old Joseph P. Remlinger.

Williams is expected to be charged with arson for setting a fire to cover up the shooting.

Sgt. Dave Sicilian said officers found one of the suspects while executing a search warrant at 2755 Grasmere Avenue. According to police, as SWAT officers were preparing to enter the home, a detective saw the suspect drive by.

Patrol officers pulled him over and took him into custody.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin says the deadly fire started in the garage of the residence.

It took about an hour to contain, at which point investigators discovered a car in the garage with a body inside. The Columbus Division of Police is now investigating the incident as a homicide.

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