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The man charged with fatally shooting pro golfer Gene Siller during a triple-homicide spree in Georgia is an aspiring rapper who had been jailed for DUI hours later — only to be freed before cops put two and two together.
Bryan Rhoden — a 23-year-old rapper known as “B. Rod” — was finally busted for the slayings Thursday and charged with three counts of murder after Saturday’s bloody spree, which ended at the upscale Atlanta-area Pinetree Country Club.
Police say 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, where they had been bound and gagged, 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.
Within hours of the triple homicide, the young rapper was picked up around 25 miles away for a slew of driving offenses, including DUI, driving without insurance and providing false ID, jail records show.
He was booked by the Chamblee Police Department at 2 a.m. Sunday — then released at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, the records show.
Rhoden was still in Chamblee when he was arrested for the slayings Thursday, said Cobb County Police Chief Tim Cox.
Cox confirmed that he had “been told that [Rhoden] had a previous arrest” just before he was busted again for allegedly being the “lone shooter” behind the murders.
“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,” the chief told a press conference Thursday when asked about the earlier arrest.
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.
His social media showed that he released a debut mixtape, “Made it Out,” just last month.
“I put a lot of work into making my first tape as diverse as possible to show you theres no limit to what I can do and appeal to everyone!” Rhoden wrote on Instagram. “Lets put it in they FACE ‼️💯”
He had also been performing in clubs, writing alongside one video clip, “I’M WORKIN, I’M GRINDIN, I’M SHININ & ONLY GETTING BETTER!”
When he was an 18-year-old Georgia State University student in 2016, Rhoden and another man were charged in a double shooting over an apparent drug deal, during which the rapper was hit in the chest, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was indicted, but it is not clear if the case went to court, the paper said.
Cox refused to discuss the suspect’s criminal history.
But he insisted that officers “definitely feel confident there was no relationship between the shooter and Mr. Siller.”
He would not reveal if there were any known ties to the suspect and Valdez or Pierson, nor why the dead men — from California and Kansas, respectfully — were in Georgia.
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