Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Suspect in ‘massacre’ near Atlanta pleads not guilty

Dominique Lang pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to killing four people in a suspected “massacre” near Atlanta on Aug. 16, according to court documents.

Lang, 23, appeared in a Fulton County courtroom wearing handcuffs and leg irons, a black shirt with writing on it, his hair tied back and a steel-toe boot on one foot. He is accused of shooting four people in what the police called a “massacre” inside an Atlanta suburb. He also faced four counts of murder and 11 counts of aggravated assault.

Police in Marietta, Ga., said they were searching for Lang on Saturday morning after finding four bodies in a mobile home. On Sunday, they issued a nationwide alert and said that they believed the gunman was in another mobile home. Authorities could not confirm that any of the deaths were homicides.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said later on Sunday that Lang was believed to be armed and considered dangerous.

Michael Dessenberg, a public defender for Lang, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Dessenberg also requested permission to have Lang examine a psychiatric evaluation and said Lang had been arrested “in the past,” according to WTOC.

In court, Lang’s attorney stated that he was hired and that Lang had taken medication since his arrest.

A representative for Lang’s mother entered a plea of not guilty to a single count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on her behalf. She also requested that she be allowed to be identified and that a judge decide whether she was handcuffed when she entered the courtroom.

Her trial is not expected to begin for another six months, according to Public Defender Wendy McKinnon. Lang is expected to appear in court again Sept. 12.

Meanwhile, P.J. Holder, the former Georgia Bureau of Investigation assistant director, wrote on Twitter on Monday that “no evidence” suggests that Lang had used drugs before the shooting.

The investigation into Lang’s alleged rampage was ongoing, police said.

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