The boyfriend of a Georgia teen charged with killing her mother and brother in a house fire is awaiting extradition from Douglas County in connection with the deaths.
Kale'o Pangelinan, 17, was arrested Thursday in Douglas County after investigators in Georgia and Oregon found evidence connecting him to the deaths, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. Pangelinan will have extradition hearings to face murder charges in Georgia.
Investigators said Pangelinan’s girlfriend, Candace Walton, set fire to the home near Forsyth, Georgia, on Feb. 27. She was extradited from Kentucky in March on arson and murder charges after her brother, Gerald Walton, and mother, Tasha Vandiver, were found dead after the fire.
Walton, 16, told officers she was on her way to Oregon after they pulled her over in Paducah, Kentucky, that same day while driving her mother’s 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said authorities found “incriminating things” after searching the car Walton was driving. Monroe County obtained warrants for the arrest of Pangelinan on two counts of murder. With the help of investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, he was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Juveniles age 13 and older in Georgia are automatically charged as adults when they are charged with murder and some other crimes.
Although Pangelinan was said to be living in Oregon, his current residence is not clear. Roseburg High School Principal Jill Weber said a search of records for the past four years showed no sign of Pangelinan as a student.
Deputies did not provide information on the evidence they used to charge the 17-year-old in the case.
It was not immediately clear if either suspects had lawyers who could comment on their behalf.
News-Review reporter Dan Bain contributed to this story.