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Arrest made in fatal shooting
Suspect charged with murder
Seppenfield mug

An arrest was made Thursday morning in the fatal shooting of a popular coach and father of three.

Dawson County Sheriff's investigators charged Herman James Seppenfield, 50, of Dawsonville with murder in connection with the death of Brandon Weaver, also of Dawson County.

Weaver, 37, died from shots fired at close range during a fight with Seppenfield in southeastern Dawson County on Nov. 22.

Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten said Seppenfield "did commit the offense of murder when he unlawfully and with malice aforethought caused the death of Brandon Weaver by shooting him in violation of murder."

The fight on Whitney Place reportedly started when Weaver and another man arrived at the home to confront the people living there.

Wooten said Weaver's son had been at a birthday party at the home earlier that evening and had called his dad to say he wanted to go home.

The child felt uncomfortable about something going on at the party, according to Wooten.

The confrontation escalated and shots were fired. Weaver was hit twice in the chest. He died on the scene.

Wooten said alcohol was involved, a factor that has hindered the investigation.

Weaver, a well-known parks and recreation coach, is survived by his wife Heather Weaver, three young sons, numerous family members and friends throughout many communities.