published Monday, May 7th, 2012

Aunt of Whitfield man charged with double homicide arrested

The aunt of a 27-year-old man charged with killing his father and older brother was arrested for lying to police about her nephew’s whereabouts.

Kathy Strickland has been charged with making false statements to law enforcement, hindering the apprehension of a criminal and obstruction, Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said in a news release.

Police believe that, after Emilio Canales shot his family at their home on Dude Street on April 29, he called his aunt, Strickland, and she picked him up at the local Walgreens pharmacy, Frazier said.

Strickland drove him to another house where he later was spotted by a Whitfield County sheriff’s deputy, Frazier said.

Police don’t believe Strickland was involved in the shootings, he said.

Canales’ father, Emilio Canales Sr., and his brother Francisco Canales died, but his mother Deborah is recovering from wounds to her back, according to police.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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