A Gainesville man was indicted by a Hall County grand jury Monday, May 7, and accused by authorities of fatally striking his father on the head with a club.
Daniel Wallis Burchardt, 22, was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and escape. He was taken Friday, April 6, to the Hall County Jail.
Tony Burchardt, 52, died from blunt force trauma, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Attorneys Brett Willis and Chris Van Rossem declined to comment regarding the indictment.
Burchardt was already serving a sentence for aggravated assault and burglary, authorities said. He had an ankle monitor for his house arrest for felony sentences on possession of a synthetic cannabinoids, possession of a drug-related object, aggravated assault and burglary charges.
According to the indictment, Burchardt was accused of seriously disfiguring Tony Burchardt’s head.
On the escape charge, the indictment alleges Burchardt did not return to the Hall County Jail Work Release Program “after having been released on the condition that he would so return.”
Burchardt voluntarily entered Hall County’s Health, Empowerment, Linkage, Possibilities program in December. The HELP program is the county’s mental health court and is considered a behavior modification program.
According to Hall County records, a Superior Court bench warrant in his case was vacated April 3.
A motion was filed Friday, April 6, to “terminate participant from HELP program,” according to Hall County’s online docket.