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Man Stabbed to Death on Yeager Rd.

David Baltodano, 27, has been charged with murder and burglary, and Don Peden, 65, is dead.

Don Peden, 65, was stabbed to death at his home on Yeager Road on Wednesday when he came home from work and found his neighbor trying to steal his property, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

David Baltodano, 27, has been charged with murder and burglary, according to arrest records. He is in the Douglas County Jail.

It appears as though a male homeowner came home and found a neighbor burglarizing his home,” Sheriff Phil Miller told the Douglas County Sentinel. “Information suggests that the homeowner was attacked by the neighbor. We believe (Baltodano) pulled his knife and stabbed the homeowner several times. The homeowner is dead.”

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D April 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM
I personally know the Baltodano's family and my condolences to the Peden's family. Ftomorrow what I heard Don was a great man. Now We can't say that the whole Baltodano's family are guilty because of what David did, neither his wife or kids are guilty and these poor kids should not be judge for his dad's actions. He has three little kids that right now won't understand what happening and it's not right for people to star pointing fingers at them. So to that person that said said that his whole family should be sent to another country let me tell u something, David is not a US citizen but his kids and wife are and they don't have to pay for his actions!
D April 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Instead of tomorrow it should've said from
rich April 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Couldn't agree with you more!
Ray Green April 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
It seems that everyone is focused on each other and not the true matter at hand the fact that this man was murdered in our town doesnt matter who did it our were there from. It's that fact that people are doing it in our town!! What are you goin to do to help our neighbor!!!! Have you even thought of that
Richard R April 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I somewhere read that Douglas County already has more law enforcement officers per capita than most other U.S. cities across the nation. For a rural county, there must be additional underlying causes for the increase in violence.
Bruce April 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Nice little debate going on about this. As for the sheriff not being responsible for the death of Rodney Graham in the Douglas County Jail (see Tammie Cook comments), the Douglas County Grand Jury that just met did not agree with that. The Grand Jury wants investigations higher up the ladder. Ultimately, the sheriff is responsible for everything that happens in the sheriff's department. He is the chief administrator. This has been on the front page of the Sentinel repeatedly and in the Patch. Of course the sheriff is responsible. The sheriff decides where the patrols are in the county. The sheriff decides what kind of training the deputies have. Hey, if this man's papers are not up to date, why didn't law enforcement catch it?
David April 13, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Perhaps I am not as well informed as you when it comes to how Sheriff Miller manages but I completely disagree about your statements regarding where the deputies are patrolling. It is a rare occasion that I am out and about and do not see multiple deputies on patrol in any area of the county that I frequent. I do agree that it is ridiculous to have a resource officer at each school but that is all due to how society has changed over time. I would be much more inclined to complain about the officers employed to patrol the county parks, which is something any deputy on patrol could handle, than the ones potentially protecting kids in school.
David April 13, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Stating facts does not make someone a racist. You have obviously not followed this story well enough. Baltodano confirmed to the court he was born in Nicaragua, but said he has lived in Miami for most of his life and speaks fluent English. However, his immigration forms are out of date. Read more: Douglas County Sentinel - Bond denied for man accused in neighbor s death
David April 13, 2012 at 09:51 PM
If they had caught it and tried to deport him then some people would have been protesting about this poor hard working man being taken from his wife and kids. Would you be one of those people?
Cristel April 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM
First of all i want to start by saying David Baltodano is my cousin in law. And what he did is not 110% unacceptable. What our family is going through has been so hard, not only for my cousin and her 3 kids, but for our whole family. I want to personally apologize to the Peden family for what this man has done. I believe in an 'eye for an eye' and 'innocent until proven guilty'. But if this man is locked up, its for a reason. Again, my sincerest condolences go out to the Peden family, because i do put myself in your family shoes and just think if that was my father or uncle or grandfather, i don't know what i would do. And it saddens me. I know its hard not to stereotype, but i'm embarrassed that when our Hispanic community does something they want to blame everyone. I was born and raised in Miami (as well as my cousins and her kids). I lived there 18yrs and now have been in GA 7yrs. I have an American mentally and it upsets me I'm always getting stereotyped just because of my 'Hispanic' background. I'm sure your uncle was a great man and its a tragedy this had to happen. I ask the Peden Fam. not to judge my cousin and our family for what this man has done, because not only will we get judged by the community and media but also by our very own family. Everything happens for a reason. And i will keep your family in my prayer. God bless you.
rich April 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM
David, when angry vet posted his comment it had not been reported that he was an illegal, he was making the assumption based on the fact that he is Hispanic. That is called "Racial Profiling" and it's just plain wrong!
Chris M April 14, 2012 at 02:55 PM
People seem to think there's a special "law enforcement" agency that looks at peoples' immigration status. There isn't. If he has phoney I.D. (probable), or is using his real name but unemployed, and not receiving any kind of government aid, then nobody would check his immigration paper status. If his car is registered in his wife's name, then nobody would check there, either. Depending on how long he's been here, he may be driving on an out of state license - or may even be driving on an expired license. If he has had a job for many years, and his papers expire, it's possible that nobody in the personnel department of his employer would notice that his immigration papers expired - they should, but they might not. There are many ways around expired immigration papers. There is NO magical law enforcement agency going door to door to see if their papers have expired. The issue of illegals in the U.S. is HUGE; much larger and harder to handle than anyone realizes; illegal aliens have a network of sources and resources and are more "canny" and clever than you could ever imagine. Thankfully, most illegals are NOT murderers and criminals. There are some that are, but most are truly hard working people who try to stay AWAY from the law; not drop themselves into the laps of law enforcement, like Baltodano has done. And his wife needs to be commended, not vilified, for NOT standing by her man. She called the cops on him. MOST important - remember- deep, deep sympathy for the Pedens.
Fran Armstrong April 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
From what I read he is not an American citizen. he is her on a permit. he first resided in Nicaragua then lived in Miami. Currently his permit has expired so as of now he is in the country illegally. I'm sure the police are charging him with this murder for a reason. They didn't just pick him out for the hell of it. He will get his day in court because this is America. If he is found guilty hopefully he will spend time in jail and then be deported back to Nicaragua where the judicial system is a lot harsher then it is here. Shame on the government for not keeping a closer watch on people in this country who have expired permits.
Fran Armstrong April 14, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I agree with you. What this man did cannot be held against his family unless they were aware of his actions. His wife did the correct thing by informing the police. His young children should not have to carry the stigma of his actions.
BigDogDaddy April 14, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I wish we knew the statistics in Douglas County, State of Georgia, and the nation for arrests of illegal residents that lead to deportation. It is either not happening, or not being reported in the media. I remember during the Vietnam War, hearing the casualty report for the day on the nightly news and thinking how terrible it was. I wish that I.C.E. would report a number deported daily on the nightly news.
tammy l chastain April 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM
This is exactly why i am now glad i moved away to Fl Douglasville has gotten so bad and a very scary place to raise a family and even to go back to visit. I knew this poor mans son my Brother knew him as well. This is terrible and my heart goes out to Bryan and his family. May God be with you all.
Southern Girl April 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
My Prayers go out to the Peden Family and to the wife and children of the Baltodano family. I pray justice will be served and families will mend. God has a plan, and both families have to heal. I pray strong guidance and love for those children. And strong healing to the Peden family. God Bless.
tammie cook April 16, 2012 at 02:19 PM
As for the School Resource Officers in our Schools, stop and think...without them there would have been 3 guns at New Manchester and another one at DC High successfully used instead of retrieved. THere would have been multiple gang beatings that were stopped before they could start at Chapel Hill High, not to mention the overall "bully" issues and that is just for this school year. I for one not only want and appreciate the Officers but feel we NEED them. Schools today are worse than when I went and that was during the 70's another time with hot tempers of more uneducated simple minded people. So School Officers I say YES, in fact we could use a few more in the high schools, it is hard for 1 Officer to watch 500+ kids, even with cameras.
James Bell April 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Depending on who you ask... either Douglas County is the most unsafe place to live or the safest place to live. We either have too many law enforcement officers or too little. Either crime is under control or we need to double the jail capacity. Perhaps PATCH could do a report on the crime rate in DC over the past several years. If crime is under control why do they need 1500 beds at the new jail? If crime is out of control what is being done to prevent crime? With the drop in DC population I would expect to see the crime rate down also. If crime rates have increased then the S.O. needs to provide answers why! DCSO is one of the most well funded and staffed departments in GA. Crime rate should be on a decline. Not to mention the Douglasville Police presence in 50% of the county. It was said that DC does have one of the highest per capita law enforcement staff in Ga. If more personnel = less crime then the stats will indicate this. Perhaps Sheriff Miller will provide the crime stats for us.
Lara April 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I think Sheriff Miller is doing a great job! I see the Law Enforcement officers around all the time. If you are not doing anything illegal you have nothing to worry about. Our Douglasville/Douglas County Law Enforcement has a tough job and I for one thank them for protecting me and our community every day. Plus they are always willing to come out and talk to our HOA and respond to our issues.
Bruce April 18, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Excellent points, Mr. Bell. The new Douglas County Jail will have a minimum capacity of 1,500 beds. That's the same as the Cobb County Jail, yet Cobb's population is about 650,000 (maybe more) and Douglas County population is a little over 100,000. Something's wrong here. The budget for the sheriff's dept. is about 40% of the entire county budget. This far above the percentage for the sheriff's deptartments budgets of other counties. The commissioners are responsible for this. They have the power of the purse to control the sheriff's spending... and they have not done so. Elections this year, folks.
Phil Miller April 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
There is something wrong here, Tony. It is your information. Cobb County Jail has 3100 beds not counting its work camp. The source of this information is directly from Sheriff Neil Warren.
Phil Miller April 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Cobb also has an additional 384 beds in their work release program.
Dick Jones April 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Bruce, Wasn't there a recent news story about how the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was complaining about having no budget for new cop cars? A deputy recently told me that they only have one car for the area bordered by Douglas Blvd/Hwy 5/Hwy 166 and Chapel Hill Rd. As a former Deputy Sheriff, I have seen entire police departments for areas smaller than that. If the Sheriff's Office gets 40% of the county budget and they got $150 Million for that joke of a new jail, I'd sure like to know where the money is going. With that much cash flying around, there seems to be no reason for lacking funds for new cars. It kind of smells like another ballot measure for more "public safety" taxes is on it's way. Maybe an independent audit of the Sheriff's Department is in order. If the U.S. Department of Justice conducts an independent audit and finds nothing wrong, then there is no harm / no foul. it could just be a case of bad cash management. It also hurts the county's budget every time the City of Douglasville annexes potential cash cows in the county's area of coverage. It leaves the county to patrol areas where there is little tax revenue. Just my 2 cents...
Bruce April 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
You are thinking, sir. That's always dangerous, but especially in Douglas County. The sheriff is the administrator of the jail. He decides how the money is spent. Unfortunately, the county commissioners have not done their due diligence nor performed the most cursory fiduciary responsibilty to the citizens of Douglas County. The nonsense and criminal activity at the jail (like the death of Rodney Graham who died screaming over 4 days) show that the chief administrator of the jail, Phil Miller, is not doing his job. Because of this, the commissioners should cut of the money tap.
Dick Jones April 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
In all fairness, the sheriff himself cannot be aware of every jail issue in real time. That's typically what the jail command staff is for. It seems to be a departmental failure, not necessarily a failure on the part of the sheriff personally. Let's not forget the many things that DCSO and Sheriff Miller are doing RIGHT. There are plenty of bad guys in prison because DCSO investigators really do get it done. The money issue is the 10,000 pound elephant that is running around the room smashing things while everyone stays quiet. If DCSO wasn't invisible in my neighborhood, I wouldn't roll my eyes so much when they have a hundred million dollars plus 40% of the budget handed to them. With that kind of cash, DCSO should be like Douglasville PD. DPD has professional cops, good equipment and amazing coverage, exactly how it should be. From a citizen's point of view (mine), it appears that DCSO is getting tons of funding, yet they remain undermanned and under-equipped. Hmmm...Just where IS all of that cash going? There may be a perfectly good explanation.
judy jenkins September 29, 2012 at 03:54 AM
It is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty BUT in douglasville the people that are supposed to protect us the police department are so corrupt how can you believe them.IF the man is innocent BUT they want him to be guilty then they will make sure he looks guilty .because it makes them look better to have found the person.It makes people feel better about the department if they have someone in custody.If YOU have never experienced the corruption in douglasville then that is great for you.If you know someone in the department you can get away with serious stuff.Like my step son he molested my daughter when she was three years old .He admitted it and was charged three or four years later he was caught with child porn and then busted for drugs and stealing from bank machines this man has never went to court.He has damaged this little girl and ruined this family .He has so far not paid for his crime.When I called Douglas county they told me that his case was not going to trial it had been put on a dead docket.He is currently working at Jenkins Barber Shop in Douglasville.How do you commit these types crimes and some judge Jusr let him go.WHERE is the justice for this lite girl.His name is Chris Jenkins. Do not let him around your children.I am still hoping that the DA will do the right thing and bring justice to my daughter.She feels like everyone has taken HIS side over her.She is and was innocent SHe was only three.I
Fran Armstrong September 29, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Judy, In reading your rendition of the events that happened to your daughter, I am amazed that nothing was done. I am one of the ones who has never had an issue with law enforcement in DC but I do not understand how a three year old or anyone for that matter could be molested and the perpetrator not be in jail. Have you spoken to the DA yourself? If I were you and I didn't get a satisfactory answer I would go higher. I am so sorry for your family and you daughter. I hope she is getting the mental health assistance she needs for the trauma she endured.
Spanish Fly February 16, 2013 at 05:32 AM
its not about illegals, don't be a racist. There are bad people of every color. It's not about color, its about the person. My family is from South America and I will be honest with you, its hard to find another culture with the same beliefs and love for people. Families are very close knit, they are mostly all very honest, loveable, caring and willing to help people anytime. Futhermore, they cherish what they have and love and care for there families and friends. And to add one more thing, they are mostly all very hard workers. Trash comes in every color.
Celo February 16, 2013 at 05:40 AM
D, thank you for your rational comments. You are exactly right. Those poor kids will suffer as much as everyone else as they have lost there dad. Just because he was an illegal is not the reason he allegedly committed the crime. Status doesn't have anything to do with the murder.

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