Uncle accused of murdering nephew to be arraigned Friday - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Uncle accused of murdering nephew to be arraigned Friday

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Police in Portage County have arrested Joseph E. Thornton and charged him with murder.

The 48-year old S. Chapel Street resident is being held at the Portage County Jail with no bond.

According to Portage County Sheriff David W. Doak, Portage County Dispatch received a phone call Christmas night from a relative of Jason Canan, 39. The relative stated that he had been told that Jason may have been shot by Joseph Thornton. Thorton is Jason's uncle.

Deputies from the Portage County Sheriff's Office along with officers from the Garrettsville Police Department went to Jason's home. 

At that time Jason Canan was found dead inside the residence. Police are still investigating.

Thornton will be arraigned tomorrow morning, Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Portage County Court House at 1:15 PM. 

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