Suspect accused of murdering golf pro, 2 others makes first court appearance
The man accused of murdering Georgia-based golf professional Gene Siller at work on July 3, 2021, and two other men - Paul Pierson and Henry Valdez - has made his first court appearance.
The accused has been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping concerning the triple murder at the Pinetree Country Club, located near Atlanta.
Mr. Siller who served as the Director of Golf at the country club, was killed while working on the Saturday of the busy Independence day holiday on the golf course.
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A suspicious RAM 3500 pick-up truck had been parked on the lush, quiet greens near the golf course's 10th hole. The bodies of Mr. Pierson, the registered owner of the vehicle, and Mr. Valdez were in the bed of the truck.
A golf club member who was present at the time of Mr. Siller's shooting informed CNN affiliate WXIA that Mr. Siller went to investigate why someone had driven a pickup truck onto the course and was shot by the suspect, who then fled. The suspect was arrested on July 8, 2021 and made his first court appearance on the following day.
Mr. Siller, a member of the PGA, leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 6 and 7.
Last Saturday's tragedy serves as a reminder that deadly workplace violence can happen anytime and anywhere.