A 21-year-old man charged with killing his new roommate shortly after moving to a Naperville townhouse pleaded innocent Monday.
Grant Muren faces of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide charges in connection with the January death of Charles Clark of Naperville. Muren's not guilty plea came during a brief arraignment hearing.
Prosecutors say Muren killed Clark during a fight the two men had within eight hours after Muren moved in to Clark's townhouse on the 1100 block of Vail Court.
Clark's body was found Jan. 22 in an upstairs bedroom when his girlfriend went to the home after not hearing from him for a couple of days.
There were signs of a struggle and severe trauma to Clark's neck, according to authorities. Prosecutors say Muren hit Clark over the head with a small table.
Prosecutors said Muren attempted to conceal the murder by trying to blow up the townhouse.
When they entered the home, police smelled natural gas and found the burners on and the oven doors open. They also found lease papers and blood-soaked Lysol wipes inside the oven.
Naperville police arrested Muren on Jan. 23 after a traffic stop.
Muren's next court date is April 10. He is being held at the DuPage County jail in lieu of $2 million bail.