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Two arrested, one charged in Elgin man’s fire death


Jessica Leach

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Updated: January 8, 2012 10:00PM

ELGIN — Police have two people in custody in connection to the death of 61-year old James S. Granger.

Charges were filed Sunday night on one of the suspects. Jessica Leach, 28, of the 0-99 block of Poplar Creek, Elgin, has been charged with one count of first degree murder. She will appear in Kane County bond call Monday morning. Charges on the second suspect are still pending.

Police believe that Leach and the second subject were attempting to rob Granger. Leach was a friend of the victim and signaled the second subject to come into the apartment at 1 Times Square on Saturday. The apartment was later set on fire.

Charges are pending on the second subject. They are not expected to be filed for several more days.

Granger’s badly burned body was found in an apartment at 1 Times Square.

According to Elgin Fire Battalion Chief Terry Bruce, the call came in at 4:48 a.m., and firefighters were on scene four minutes later. The fire was put out by 5:03 a.m.

There was just moderate smoke and no heat when firefighters arrived, he added, and just $2,000 in damage to the unit and its contents.

Granger was found on the bedroom floor.

“An investigation revealed that the victim met with foul play prior to the fire,” said Sue Olafson, police spokeswoman.

Most of Granger’s neighbors declined comment, but one said the man kept to himself.

A check of Kane County criminal records reveals no significant charges against Granger.

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