Last updated: May 27. 2014 12:11PM - 6050 Views
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Criss Langston, 28, of Franklin, accused of shooting and killing a man in March was granted bond at $100,000 in the Troup County Superior Court Friday.

According to a representative in the District Attorney’s Office, Langston was able to receive bond due to no prior felonies and a perceived little risk to commit a felony.

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

He is facing charges of murder, tampering with evidence, theft by taking and possession of a firearm

According to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Langston has not yet made his bond and is still in custody.

If released, Langston is ordered to have no contact with the victim’s family and cannot have any contact with potential witnesses.

According to earlier reports, 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 stepdaughters, he was asked to leave. At some point during that encounter, the two had a verbal argument when Langston allegedly shot Starnes.

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 the DA’s office, Langston has not been indicted yet and his next court date is still to be determined. Langston remains in custody as he has not posted bail.

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