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Police: Landlord Killed While Trying To Collect Back Rent

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Columbus Police say two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a landlord and a fire meant to cover up the killing.

Columbus police say Maurice Watkins and Pierre Williams were taken into custody Thursday night, shortly after the body of 50-year-old Joseph Remlinger was found in a burning garage on Lilley Avenue.

Investigators say Watkins lived in a Grasmere Avenue house owned by Remlinger. They say the man shot Remlinger while he was collecting the rent.

Police say Williams helped set the fire to cover up the shooting.