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Grand jury indicts murder suspect
Co-defendant faces aggravated assault charges
1 Murder Seppenfield MUG

A Dawson County Grand Jury, last week, handed down a murder indictment against a Dawsonville man accused in the shooting death of a popular coach and father.

Herman James "Bo" Seppenfield VII, 50, was charged with murder in connection with the Nov. 22 death of Brandon Weaver, also of Dawson County.

The indictment shows felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony crime against another person charges against Seppenfield.

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

Tory Jude Miguez, 25, of Cartersville, was also indicted in the case.

Miguez's charges include possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony crime against another person and two counts of aggravated assault, according to court records.

He was taken into custody on Jan.14, a day after the indictment against the pair was filed. Bond has not been set.

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

Authorities said Weaver's son had been at a birthday party at the home several hours earlier that evening and had called home to say he wanted to leave.

According to Dawson County Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten, the child felt uncomfortable about something going on at the party.

The confrontation escalated and shots were fired by Seppenfield, according to officials. Weaver was hit twice, once in the chest and once in the side. He died on the scene, a short time after first responders arrived at the home.

According to the indictment, Miguez used a handgun to strike and cause serious bodily injury to the male that arrived on scene with Weaver.

Wooten has said alcohol was involved.

A preliminary hearing for Seppenfield, originally set for today in Magistrate Court, was canceled after he was indicted, according to a court spokeswoman.

He has been held without bail in Dawson County Sheriff's custody since his arrest on Dec. 6.