Suspect charged with capital murder in Gainesville

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GAINESVILLE, TX -- The prime suspect of a murder investigation in Gainesville is being transported to Cooke County on Friday.

Robert Lester Canaga is being charged with capital murder after a body was found in the 400 block of North Dixon in Gainesville.

The victim is believed to be 69-year-old George Stephenson, who has been missing since Tuesday.

Dallas police officials say they have been questioning Canaga since Wednesday. Authorities say Canaga is an acquaintance of Stephenson. They took him into custody Thursday night after Gainesville police issued a capital murder warrant for his arrest.

Early Friday morning, Plano police found Stephenson’s car, and two more men were arrested but for charges unrelated to the murder.

As of right now, Gainesville police say robbery was the primary motive for the crime.

"Our investigators are on their way down there to Plano to continue the line of questioning along with Dallas," interim Police Chief Steven Fleming
said.

Canaga will be questioned by the Gainesville Police Department Friday as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Cooke County Justice of the Peace, Dorothy Lewis, says she has not identified the body. Lewis says it is a homicide investigation and that it could be Stephenson. His car, a 2002 black Lexus, was not found at the home, but authorities say the disappearance is suspicious.

Lewis says at this point they can't identify the body until the investigation is complete.

Lewis adds no form of identification was found on the body, and officials do not have enough to make any determination.

The victim's body was taken to Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. Officials say the results of that autopsy and the investigation will determine whether or not they can make a positive identification.

The case is still under investigation.

No word yet on when autopsy results on the victim will be released.


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