No Bond in Yeager Rd. Stabbing Death

Suspect David Baltodano said in court Thursday he was born in Nicaragua and lived in Miami before moving to Douglas County.

Chief Judge Robert J. James denied bond Thursday for David Baltodano, 27, in the stabbing death of his Yeager Road neighbor Don Peden, 65.

Baltodano is charged with murder and burglary, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Peden was on Wednesday when he came home from work and found his neighbor trying to steal his property, the has said.

Peden was formerly an electrician for the AJC, the AJC reported.

Baltodano said in court Thursday he was born in Nicaragua and lived in Miami before moving to Douglas County. His immigration forms are outdated, the Douglas County Sentinel reported.

"I have it, it's just expired," Baltodano said, according to the Sentinel. "I have the money to renew my status. I do have a permit."

No future court date has been set for Baltodano, the AJC reported.

Rita Randall April 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
If he hadn't come here our friend & neighbor would be alive. What was his excuse foe burgularizing & murdering his wonderful neighbor.!?
Jerry Flippin April 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
This is a neighbor (the suspect) with a wife and three children I believe. This was a senseless, evil act that did not warrant taking the life of a wonderful man, husband, father. I believe there is forgiveness in this act, but thank G-d for judgment NOW for this evil action.
Bruce April 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and other right wingers calling themselves Republicans said Zimmerman in Miami should not be judged before his trial for the killing of a black teenager, Trevyon Martin. Now this man is being judged before his trial and before a single piece of evidence has been presented to convict him of murder AND burglary. I suggest we wait for the trial. One thing is certain, if Sheriff Miller direceted that more resources of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were used for neighborhood patrols instead of loading the schools with cops and fishing for traffic fines on Thornton Rd and hwy 20, we would be safer.
Cheryl April 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Some of us obviously have more information than others. GUILTY is GUILTY just because someone isn't convicted of a crime doesn't mean they aren't guilty all it means is they weren't convicted... If they committed the crime they are GUILTY.....I am sure the evidence will overwhelmingly prove this man's guilt and there will be a conviction I just don't believe his punishment can ever pay for this crime, no matter how severe the punishment,
amber diamond April 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM
i just want to say thank u bruce...... most people are just looking at the race of this man and makeing an uneducated guess as to wat really transpired that day untill evidence has been provided people should not b so quick to judge wat if this was their family member that commited this horrible crime.. i agree bruce everyone needs to wait and see the evidence.... as far as im concerned innocent till proven otherwise... david is a family man with three small children that i happen to know very well and a wonderful wife.... DONT BE SO QUICK TO PASS JUDGEMENT PEOPLE...
Betty April 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Don P. was a fine Christian and Loving husband and father. This was a horriable crime that happened. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Peden and Fair family..Don will be missed.......My prayer is for the killer of Don to get a just and fair judgement and will be put away for the rest of his life. Betty
Elaina Steele April 23, 2012 at 08:50 PM
While I believe in the sentiment of "innocent until proven guilty", I fail to see how anyone can think this man is innocent. He was in Mr. Peden's home, without Mr. Peden's knowledge. Mr. Peden was stabbed to death. Mr. Baltodano may have a wife and children, so did Mr. Peden. That doesn't make a person a "family man". "Family men" do not inflict violence on others. "Family men" do not enter other's homes, uninvited. "Family men" work hard, and provide for their families honestly. You may say "I happen to know him very well and on and on", and Amber, you may feel like you did, but criminals (with criminal history) don't volunteer their backgrounds, past convictions, and certainly don't reveal what goes on behind closed doors to others. You never really know your neighbor, and that is something you can bank on. My husband and I are grateful to have spent many years as the Peden's neighbors, and sincerely feel the family's loss. And please note, I never mentioned this man's race, ethnicity, or age. His actions speak for themselves. And the evidence will, too. One can claim to be "not guilty", but physical evidence will prove otherwise. I am in complete agreement with Bruce on one issue, and that is increasing neighborhood patrols. After our home was burglarized, and we were cleaned out of everything of value last October, patrols increased for a week. I haven't seen an officer in my neighborhood since. But you can't go a mile on Hwy 5 without seeing one.
a peden April 26, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I am a Peden. I am not passing judgement, as that is God's place. I have seen evidence. I have heard evidence. I also agree that he had a wonderful wife, for which we are grateful. I'm just waiting for this man to be the "family man" you speak of and spare the rest of us more pain and tell the truth.
Neighbor May 02, 2012 at 06:48 PM
We live two houses away and were in and out of the house while this crime was occuring that day. We've spoken to the Police about what we saw. It could just as easily have been any of us (neighbors) and that scares the "security" out of me. I hope that they have the right person (we believe that they do) and it would be wonderful if he just happened to be the one who was responsible for the robberies that have occured in our quiet neighborhood over the past few months. Is this a sign of things to come or is this a one time, freak and horrible, occurance? Let's pray for the latter.
John Doe May 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM
All against Mr Baltodano sound like ignorent people. Yes a crime was committed and yes what happened was wrong. But how bout we stop being nosie and just mind our own business and let the law and also both families deal with what going on. At the end of all this only 3 people know what really happened and why. Tjose 3 people are GOD,Mr. Baltodano and Mr. Peden.. Just because there was no sign of struggle dont mean Mr. Baltodano wasnt provocted. I rest my case and will let both families deal with whats goin on..
Gary Peden May 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Baltodano's wife testified under oath at a preliminary hearing "the man she had known all of her life, the father of her three children, finally told her what he had done after he came home with blood on his clothes. He was taking off his clothes, and he tells me to hurry up and get ready because he has to get out of there,” Madiam said. “I asked him, ‘what did you do?’ He said he had ‘killed the old man.” Read more: Douglas County Sentinel - Wife of murder suspect tells court of husband s confession
John Doe February 01, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Regardless of wether his wife Madiam testified in court, family or not we should just let the courts handle this case. They have there testimony from the first officer on seen and including Mr. Baltodano's wife. I feel bad for what has happened it could've been anyones father or grandparent that was murdered, but instead of people on here sounding like complete ignorant racist excluding you Mr. Gary Peden. We should just let the families and the courts deal with this matter and issue themselves. I bet no one on here would be talking like this if it was a white american who would have committed this cime. So please just let the Baltodano,Peden and the Douglas County Courts deal with this and keep your racial comments to yourself. Unless your leaving a comment that does not sound racial. thank and my PRAYERS go out to both families my GOD BLESS YOU and HELP YOU ALL in this ruff road that has crossed your PATHS..


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