A Georgia man behind bars for reportedly shooting two men working on his home earlier this month, apparently accused them of killing his pets ducks, a detective testified during a Tuesday morning probable cause hearing.
The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that a magistrate court judge found enough probable cause for felony murder, battery, and assault charges against 68-year-old Larry Epstein, a Marietta homeowner who’s accused of opening fire on two men who were doing electrical work on his home on March 6.
The defense decided not to pursue bond for Epstein at this time. They indicated they’re hoping for the state to complete a mental evaluation on the suspect.
According to CBS 46, Cobb County Police Detective Phil Stoddard testified in court Tuesday that a security camera on the back door of Epstein’s home, located off of Wellington Lane in Marietta, showed him approaching 37-year-old electrician Gordon “Donnie” Montcalm while holding a gun and firing several shots. Stoddard said Epstein was heard yelling that they killed his pets.
Stoddard also said that Epstein put a silencer on his gun before shooting.
“There is a ring doorbell camera and it’s mounted on the back porch of the residence.,” Stoddard testified. “It does catch our victim Donnie in the corner and it does catch our defendant Mr. Epstein approaching him with a firearm in hand.”
Cobb County authorities said Epstein was referring to his pet ducks, but they also said that no animals were found harmed. The suspect’s defense lawyers argued that he suffered from paranoia and has said in the past he worried about trespassers and someone killing his pets.
One of Montcalm’s family members told CrimeOnline that the shooting appeared random and there said there wasn’t a dispute or argument before the first shots were fired on Montcalm and his 21-year-old apprentice, Jake Horne.
“Donnie was in his personal vehicle and heard something hit his car window. The [the suspect] had shot the boy [Jake Horne], who was parked by him sitting in the work van,” the family member said. “When he [Donnie] turned around, he saw the man standing at his window. He was shot in the face and chest.”
“Donnie started running and the guy shot him in the back. He ran to a backyard but it was fenced in and the man shot him in the arm. Donnie tackled him when he went to reload, then [Donnie] took off running and went to the neighbor’s house for help.”
Horne, who was shot in the head, passed away from his injuries.
Montcalm survived his injuries but has a long road to recovery. His family set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help raise funds for Montcalm and his daughter, as he’ll likely be out of work permanently due to the severity of his injuries.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Cobb County Homicide Unit at 770-499-3945.
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[Feature Photo: Jake Horne/Provided; Larry Epstein/Cobb County Sheriff’s Office]