Paul Pierson, 76, and Henry Valdez, 46, had their hands, legs, and mouths bound when police found their bodies in the bed of a pickup truck parked near the 10th hole of the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia, last Saturday. The body of 46-year-old golf pro Gene Siller was also found near the truck.
Police have identified the alleged murderer as 23-year-old Bryan Anthony Rhoden, who was taken into custody Thursday evening, four days after the bizarre triple homicide stumped authorities.
Rhoden wound up on police radar just hours after the murders last weekend, but cops had not yet connected him to the golf course killings, so he bonded out Tuesday night, booking records show.
Driving a black Maserati Ghibli, according to a separate arrest warrant, he was stopped by Chamblee police on misdemeanor charges including DUI, a headlight violation, providing false identification, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, and having the wrong license plate on his car.
Rhoden was taken into custody again on Thursday evening by a multi-agency task force including 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 without a struggle, the sheriff’s office said. In addition to three counts of murder, Rhoden is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping, according to Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox, who said at a press conference that Rhoden had no accomplices and was a “lone shooter.”
Cobb County police have not said how investigators linked Rhoden, an aspiring rapper who performs under the name B. Rod, to the three killings. He is set to appear virtually from jail before a judge in Cobb County Magistrate Court at 8 p.m. Friday.
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SOURCE: The Daily Beast, Justin Rohrlich