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Murder trial continued in coachs death
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The trial of a Dawson County man accused of fatally shooting a popular Little League coach last November has been continued.

A continuance date had not been set as of Tuesday afternoon for Herman James "Bo" Seppenfield, 51, who was set to go to trial the week of Sept. 17 on charges in connection with the death of 37-year-old Brandon Weaver.

Seppenfield is accused as the reported triggerman in the Nov. 22, 2014 fight that escalated to gunfire.

Weaver, who was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the side, died at the scene, a short time after emergency responders arrived.

There are two more weeks set aside in 2015 for scheduled trial dates, otherwise the case would move onto 2016 calendar.

Seppenfield has been incarcerated since his Dec. 6 arrest. He is charged with felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony crime.

A second suspect, Tory Jude Miguez, 25, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a felony crime in connection with the fight.

The two men are being tried separately.

Miguez's trial is scheduled for next week, according to court records.

In February, attorneys for Miguez filed a motion for immunity from the aggravated assault charges against him, citing Georgia law that states "a person who uses threats or force against another under circumstances in which he is justified...shall be immune from prosecution."

Miguez "contends that he was justified in using force against Alan Brandon Weaver" the night of Nov. 22.

The fight reportedly started when Weaver and another man, now identified as Marty Buice, arrived at the Whitney Place home, off Dawson Forest Road, 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.

When Weaver and Buice man attempted to confront the adults holding the party, the verbal confrontation escalated and shots were fired, according to officials.

Seppenfield has also petitioned to have his statements to authorities suppressed and requested a change of venue for the trial, according to court records.

 

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