Grand jury indicts Naperville Craigslist murder suspect

<p>Grant Muren / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office</p>

Grant Muren / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office

A DuPage County grand jury has indicted Grant Van Muren on multiple murder counts in connection to the January death of a Naperville man.

Muren, 21, last of St. Charles, remains held in DuPage County Jail on $2 million bail facing eight counts of murder and single counts of robbery, arson and concealment of a homicide.

Muren is accused of hitting and strangling Charles Clark inside his Vail Court home in late January and then trying to burn the house down, according to the 12-count indictment issued this week.

Authorities have said Muren and Clark met after Clark posted an ad on Craigslist seeking a roommate. The two men spent less than eight hours together in Clark’s home before Muren strangled Clark, burned their lease agreement in the kitchen and turned on the stove burners and oven before fleeing, according to prosecutors. Police were called Jan. 22 to the townhouse by Clark’s girlfriend, who had discovered his body. Muren was arrested two days later. A DuPage County coroner’s office autopsy concluded strangulation was the primary cause of Clark’s death.

Court documents state Muren took cash, wiped up the “crime scene” and “attempted to blow up and/or burn down the house” after strangling Clark.

Muren is scheduled to return to court March 3. His attorney filed a bond-reduction motion earlier this month stating Muren is unable to raise the needed to $200,000 to be released. If he were freed from jail, he would live with family in Will County, the motion states.