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A man accused of shooting three people and another accused of shooting and killing a Heard County man appeared in court Thursday.


Victor Weatherspoon, 26, of LaGrange was present at a committal hearing in the Magistrate Court for a bond hearing and presentation of charges.


Weatherspoon was arrested March 15 in connection to a triple shooting about 4:30 a.m. that day in the first block of Clearwater Drive, where he allegedly broke into a home and fired shots.


Nine people were inside the home, including three children.


Weatherspoon faces charges of nine counts of aggravated assault, one count of burglary and one count of possession of a firearm.


Ashley Williams, 25, Justin Hardy, 22, and Chapez McCord, 23, were all shot at the home were Williams resides with her mother.


According to Troup County Sheriff’s investigator Ben Sams’ testimony, on that night, Weatherspoon allegedly broke into the home and entered through the back window when he allegedly began firing shots with a semi-automatic pistol. Williams, the mother of Weatherspoon’s child, was shot in the arm. Hardy was shot in the leg. McCord was shot several times, one of the wounds being in the chest area, and also sustained several injuries in his arm, leg and intestines.


Though Weatherspoon knew Williams and the occupants of the residence, he did not know Hardy or McCord.


The events occurred in the living room while the three children were upstairs, Sams said.


At the time of these events, Weatherspoon had a probation violation and was out on bond for cocaine charges and a possession of a firearm charge.


The court ruled that Weatherspoon is to be held without bond until his trial.


In a separate shooting that occurred on that same weekend, Criss Langston, 28, of Franklin also was present at a committal hearing Thursday. He is charged with murder, tampering with evidence, theft by taking and possession of a firearm.


Langston allegedly shot and killed Michael Anthony Starnes, 48, of Heard County on the evening of March 14 on McCosh Mill Road.


Sgt. Kelly Ellington, investigator with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, in her testimony said Langston stated that on that night, he along with family and friends were out on McCosh Mill Road, fishing and shooting off guns. Starnes showed up with a shotgun and joined in.


After Starnes allegedly made inappropriate sexual remarks to Langston’s step daughters, he was asked to leave. In his statement, according to Ellington, Langston said he drove down the street on his four-wheeler to make sure Starnes was leaving. He found Starnes parked in the middle of the road and standing outside his truck. After a verbal argument between the two, Langston allegedly shot Starnes.


Langston is being charged with theft by taking and tampering with evidence after he allegedly took Starnes’ shotgun and his own gun and buried them in separate locations.


On March 17, Langston turned himself in and led police to his property in the 5600 block of Highway 34 where he allegedly buried his pistol and then led them to Windy Hill Road where he allegedly buried Starnes’ shotgun and ammunition, according to Ellington.


Langston’s bond was not yet set, though Jephson Bendinger with the prosecution said he expects Langston to remain in jail without bond until his trial.


 
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