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A person charged with killing three men found dead on an Atlanta golf course over the July 4 weekend was beforehand arrested for stepping into a shootout at Georgia State University over a drug deal gone unsuitable.
Five years earlier than Bryan Anthony Rhoden was accused of killing 76-yr-outdated Paul Pierson, 46-yr-outdated Henry Valdez, and 46-yr-outdated golf professional Gene Siller, he allegedly shot 19-year-old Shelton Torance Flournoy three times in the chest throughout an argument over a drug deal within the parking zone of a Georgia State dorm.
Rhoden, who was attending Georgia State on the time, was hit as soon as within the chest. Both males survived and had been later charged with assault, tried homicide, and weapons possession. Rhoden was launched from the Fulton County Jail on a signature bond three days later, according to jail records. But there is no such thing as a file of a trial or conviction, and Rhoden’s case was sealed in 2017.
Rhoden, 23, was taken into custody Thursday night, 4 days after a weird triple murder that has stumped authorities.
Valdez and Pierson, who lived in California and Kansas, respectively, had been discovered useless within the enclosed mattress of Pierson’s Dodge Ram 3500 pickup after Rhoden drove the truck onto the tenth gap of the Pinetree Country Club on Saturday afternoon. When Siller, the membership’s golf director, approached the car to search out out what was happening, Rhoden allegedly shot him within the head and fled on foot.
Valdez and Pierson’s fingers, legs, and mouths had been certain with tape when police found their our bodies, states a warrant for Rhoden’s arrest which accuses him of fatally capturing all three males.
Police consider Siller was killed as a result of he “witnessed an active crime taking place” but it surely’s nonetheless unclear exactly what that crime was. The relationship between Pierson, Valdez, and Rhoden stays unclear. None have any affiliation with the Pinetree membership in any respect, stated Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox, and investigators haven’t revealed a motive or what prompted Rhoden to drive onto the golf course.
Reached by telephone, Siller’s spouse, Ashley, declined to remark. Henry Valdez’s sister, Erma, informed The Daily Beast, “Henry was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. A lover of music, surfing, traveling, and made friends wherever he traveled to. His laugh could erupt a room and his big heart will be missed greatly.”
Little is understood about Pierson and Valdez, and Erma Valdez wouldn’t speculate as to what her brother was doing in Atlanta. Pierson is the co-founder of EcoServices, an environmental remediation firm in Nevada, according to the company’s website. Valdez began an attire enterprise in 2010, according to California state incorporation records. He additionally established two other entities within the state, whose actions usually are not instantly discernible.
Hours after the murders, Rhoden—who was by now behind the wheel of a black Maserati Ghibli, according to a separate arrest warrant—was stopped by Chamblee police on misdemeanor costs together with DUI, a headlight violation, offering false identification, driving with out insurance coverage, driving an unregistered car, and having the unsuitable license plate on his automotive. But cops hadn’t but linked Rhoden to the golf course murders, and he bonded out Tuesday night time, booking records show.
Rhoden was taken into custody once more on Thursday night by a multi-company job drive together with members of the Chamblee, Georgia Police Department, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Rhoden was unarmed and was taken in with out a battle, the sheriff’s workplace stated. In addition to a few counts of homicide, Rhoden is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping, in line with Cox, who said at a press conference that Rhoden had no accomplices and was a “lone shooter.”
Cobb County police haven’t stated how investigators linked Rhoden, an aspiring rapper who performs under the name B. Rod, to the three killings. He is ready to look just about from jail earlier than a decide in Cobb County Magistrate Court at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Georgia State University shootout wasn’t Rhoden’s solely previous run in with the law.
In 2020, Atlanta airport police seized almost $20,000 in suspected drug cash from Rhoden as he boarded a flight to Los Angeles. He was by no means charged with a crime. Rhoden was additionally arrested final yr after a excessive-velocity chase in Indiana, reportedly clocking speeds as much as 150 mph.
A Georgia State spokesperson declined to offer additional particulars about Rhoden’s time there as a scholar.