According to Jayesh Patel, owner of the Royal Inn off of Ga. 53 in Calhoun where Buchannon had been living for the past four months, there had been no cause for concern or alarm with Buchannon as a tenant.
"In my opinion, he was a very good person," said Patel. "He had a very good personality."
Buchannon worked a late shift at Ryan's Family Steakhouse in Calhoun, according to Patel, and would come back to the hotel after his shift was over.
"He was like a family guy," said Patel. "He never complained."
Patel recounts his interactions with Buchannon as pleasant and friendly. Buchannon had paid rent on time every week, Patel said.
Patel went on to say that Buchannon had recently begun helping him around the hotel, including cleaning resident's rooms and helping customers at the front desk.
"These past two weeks he has helped me a lot," he said.
Patel said there had never been any run-ins on the property of which he had been aware concerning Buchannon.
Buchannon, who had a history of domestic violence complaints, according to Sheriff Mitch Ralston, is accused of fatally shooting Christy A. McKnight.
According to Gordon County inmate records, McKnight had been arrested by local law enforcement 11 times between 1997 and 2008 for various charges, some of them felonies. Some of the charges included criminal trespassing, trafficking of cocaine, illegal drugs or marijuana, and possession, manufacturing, distribution, etc. of a controlled substance or marijuana.
McKnight was given a 15-year sentence for the latter charge in 2006, with five years to be served in prison and ten years to be served on probation.
However, according to Tara Zapp at the office of the Gordon County Clerk of Superior Court, McKnight could have been released on parole before serving her complete five-year term. In this case, McKnight would have been serving a a parole sentence before her probation began next year.