Man accused of triple murder at Pinetree Country Club may face death penalty

Judge selected in golf course murder trial
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 7:45 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The man accused of killing three people at a Cobb County golf course last summer could now be facing the death penalty, the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office told CBS46.

In July of 2021, Pinetree Country Club golf pro, Gene Siller, was found dead on the green of the 10th hole with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities also found the bodies of Henry Valdez, 46, and Paul Pierson, 76, in the back of Pierson’s white Dodge Ram pick-up truck.

Siller was a beloved golf club pro and father of 2 at the time of his death. It is believed that Siller was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Hours after the murders, 23-year-old Bryan Anthony Rhoden was arrested for DUI by the Chamblee Police Department. Police say he provided false identification and had a fake license plate at the time of his arrest.

Cobb County’s Police Chief Tim Cox said he believed Rhoden was the “lone killer” in the triple murder and that Siller was not a target in the shooting but likely killed for “witnessing an active crime taking place.”

Now, the Cobb County District Attorney’s office says it intends to seek the death penalty as the case goes to trial.

Wednesday Judge Robert E Flournoy III was selected in the lottery and will now preside over Rhoden’s trial.

Meanwhile, Rhoden maintains his innocence taking to social media to react to the ongoing accusations made against him.