The Kane County Sheriff’s Office announced today (Monday August 24, 2020) that murder charges have been filed in a gruesome 2017 case in which a man was found shot and burned in a burnt down rural East Dundee house.

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According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, Kane County Sheriff’s Deputies and East Dundee Fire Department staff responded at around 3:30 a.m. on June 7, 2017 to a report of a fire in the 15N300 block of Richardson Drive.

Firefighters informed the sheriff’s deputies that they had located a deceased person, later identified as Vesel Vejseli, 36, inside the residence.

The Kane County Coroner’s Office x-rayed Vejseli’s body and found he had been shot several times.

This discovery sparked a lengthy homicide investigation by detectives from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the Kane County Major Crime Task Force, Elgin Police Department, Sheriff’s Office of McHenry County, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, Kane County State Attorney’s Office, and Kane County Coroner’s Office.

Kane County State Attorney Joe McMahon has cleared the following charges against two men in connection with the homicide.

Mahmood Roohani, 30, from West Chicago:

  • three counts of first degree murder, a class X felony.
  • an aggravated arson attack, a Class X felony.
  • one count of concealing a death by homicide, a class 3 felony.

Miguel Cruz-Tinajero, 34, from Carpentersville:

  • Three counts of first degree murder, a class X felony.
  • An aggravated arson count, a Class X felony.
  • One count of concealment of a homicidal death, a Class 3 felony.

The charges against Roohani and Cruz-Tinajero do not constitute proof of guilt. An accused is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial in which the state bears the burden of proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.