A Windham Township man is being held in the Portage County jail without bond, charged in the murder of his nephew who was found dead in the house they shared on South Chapel Street on Christmas Day.
Joseph E. Thornton, 48, of 9889 S. Chapel St., is charged with murder, an unclassified felony, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak. He will be arraigned today in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna.
Doak said emergency dispatchers received a call at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday from a relative of Jason R. Canan, 39, who lived with his uncle in the P M Estates Mobile Home Park on the north side of state Route 82, halfway between Garrettsville and Windham.
The relative reported being told that Canan may have been shot inside the residence, Doak said. Sheriff’s deputies, accompanied by Garrettsville police officers, responded to the residence and found Canan’s body inside. He had been shot and killed, Doak said.
Investigation led deputies to question Thornton in his nephew’s murder, and he was officially charged with murder Thursday morning, Doak said. The investigation is continuing, with assistance from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification, he said.