Pro Golfer Gene Siller was killed in a triple homicide earlier this month in Georgia, and the suspect is a rapper who was charged and arrested with a DUI and was later released, before the police figured out he was connected to the murders.
The suspect, Bryan Rhoden, a 23-year-old rapper known as “B. Rod,” was arrested for the murders on Thursday and charged with three counts of murder after the events that occurred on Saturday, which occurred at the Pinetree Country Club in Atlanta. Rhoden had been in a similar situation, back in 2016, where he was charged in a double shooting due to a drug deal he was involved with.
Police stated his first two victims — Henry Valdez, 46, and Paul Pierson, 76 — were found dead in the back of Pierson’s Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck at the golf course. Siller, a 46-year-old father of two who was also the club’s director, was then gunned down when he stumbled across the scene and “witnessed an active crime taking place,” police say.
The young rapper was picked up around 25 miles away, just a few hours after the triple homicide. Jail records show he was driving without insurance, provided false ID, and was charged with a DUI. Chamblee Police Department arrested Rhoden at 2 a.m. Sunday — then was released at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, the records show. Rhoden was still in Chamblee when he was arrested for the murders Thursday, said Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox.
The Chief also confirmed that he had “been told that [Rhoden] had a previous arrest” just hours before he was busted again for being the alleged “lone shooter” behind the murders, making him the primary suspect for the triple homicide. “At this point, I don’t want to discuss all we knew at that point, because … the investigation is still continuing, and we’re actually involved at this moment with discussions with him,” Cox told a press conference Thursday when asked about the prior arrest.
As of today, Rhoden has been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping. B. Rod’s manager confirmed to Fox 5 Atlanta that he was the suspect who had been busted.
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