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Boy, 17, set to be charged with murder for 'helping girlfriend, 16, he met online kill her mom, 46, and special needs brother in a house fire before trying to start a new life with him'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5/15/2020 Frances Mulraney and Rachel Sharp For Dailymail.com

a man that is standing in the grass: Kaleo Pangelian, 17, was arrested in Oregon on Thursday and will face an extradition hearing for his charges in Georgia. Monroe County Sheriff's Office say they have evidence to charge him with two counts of murder in the deaths of Gerald Walton, 21, and Tasha Vandiver, 46

Kaleo Pangelian, 17, was arrested in Oregon on Thursday and will face an extradition hearing for his charges in Georgia. Monroe County Sheriff's Office say they have evidence to charge him with two counts of murder in the deaths of Gerald Walton, 21, and Tasha Vandiver, 46
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A 17-year-old boy is set to be charged with murder for allegedly helping his 16-year-old online girlfriend kill her mother and brother with special needs by torching their family home. 

Kaleo Pangelian was arrested by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at around 4.30pm Thursday and will now face an extradition hearing for his charges in Georgia.

He faces charges for two counts of murder in the deaths of Gerald Walton, 21, and Tasha Vandiver, 46, whose bodies were found in a house fire in Monroe County, Georgia, on February 27.

His girlfriend Candace Walton, 16, was charged in March with arson and two counts of murder for their deaths. It was initially believed she had died in the fire. 

Police now believe Pangelian helped Walton to kill her brother and mother before she began her journey to Oregon to start a new life with him.

‘After a thorough investigation, Monroe County Sheriff's Office Investigators obtained evidence to also charge Candace Walton's boyfriend, 17-year-old Kaleo D. Pangelinan, with two (2) counts of murder,’ said a statement from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Walton was thought to be dead when police found two badly burned bodies in the house fire on Old Zebulon Road around 3:30 a.m. on February 27 and the girl's mother was missing.

Emergency services who were called to a blaze at a property said the bodies were 'burned beyond recognition'.

Initially, the fire was not believed to be intentionally set.

The other body was identified as her brother Gerald, who has special needs.

Officers reported Vandiver missing and her vehicle, a white 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, unaccounted for.

However, a nationwide lookout for the car led Kentucky police to locate the vehicle later that afternoon more than 450 miles away in McCracken County.

When they pulled the vehicle over, they found Candace alive behind the wheel and heading to Oregon, where her boyfriend Pangelian lives.

Kentucky Sheriff Brad Freeman told the Macon Telegraph that officers found 'some incriminating things' in the car.

She was arrested and charged with arson, theft by taking, and the murders of her brother and the unidentified female, who was then thought to be her missing mother. The body was later identified as Vandiver.

The Sheriff confirmed Monroe County investigators had traveled to Kentucky and spoken to the suspect but would not divulge 'what kind of statement she made'.

The motive for the crime has not been released but Walton has since appeared in court and her charges are pending. She has been charged as an adult. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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