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Murder suspect indicted by grand jury
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Herman James Seppenfield

A Dawson County grand jury last week indicted two men in connection with the shooting death of a popular coach and father of three.

Herman James Seppenfield, 50, of Dawsonville was charged in the Nov. 22 death of Alan Brandon Weaver, 37, also of Dawsonville.

Seppenfield was indicted Jan. 13 on felony murder, malice murder, possession of a firearm during the com- mission of a felony crime and two counts of aggravated assault.

Also indicted in the case was Tory Jude Miguez, 25, of Cartersville, who is accused of two counts of aggravated assault by acting as a party to the crime of shooting Weaver and by striking another person with a handgun, according to court documents. Miguez is also facing an additional charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony crime.

He was booked into the Dawson County jail Jan. 14. No bond has been set.

Miguez is being represented by Dawson County Public Defender, Rob McNeil, according to court documents. At press time, no attorney had been named for Seppenfield.

Weaver died from two gunshot wounds to the chest fired at close range during a fight with Seppenfield in southeastern Dawson County.

Weavers son had attended a birthday party at a home on Whitney Place earlier in the evening of Nov. 22 and then left the property, reportedly after a situation of adults drinking alcohol made him feel uncomfortable.

The kid had walked off from the property and wanted to be picked up, Dawson County Sheriffs Capt. Tony Wooten said at the time. The boy called his father to say he wanted to come home.

Weaver picked up his son and later returned to the property to confront the people living there. Shortly afterward, an altercation ensued, Wooten said. The cause of the fight is still under investigation.

A call was placed to 911 around 10:30 p.m., and shots were fired shortly after the call was placed, he said.

Both suspects are being held in the Dawson County jail pending arraignment hearings. Neither hearing has been scheduled.

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