A Gainesville man on house arrest is accused of fatally hitting his father in the head repeatedly with a club, according to authorities. He was already serving a sentence for aggravated assault and burglary, authorities said.
Daniel Wallis Burchardt, 22, was charged with murder, felony escape and two Superior Court probation warrants. 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.
According to the warrant, Burchardt is accused of “repeatedly striking him on and about the head with a club” Thursday, April 5.
Attorney Brett Willis did not return multiple calls for comment.
Burchardt 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.
The sheriff’s office said Burchardt in September 2015 “struck (a man) on and about his head two times with an object, knocking (the victim) to the floor,” according to the warrants. The victim suffered a laceration requiring stitches and medical treatment, according to the warrants, and was treated and released from Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
In November 2015, Burchardt was accused of holding a handgun while shouting vulgarities at an Antioch Campground Road homeowner, according to the sheriff’s office.
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.
Deputies came to Looper Lake Road when “it was determined that Burchardt’s ankle monitor had been tampered with.”
“Upon arriving at the residence (Friday morning), Daniel Wallis Burchardt was not there. His father, Tony Burchardt, was found deceased and Daniel W. Burchardt’s ankle monitor was located at the scene,” Lt. Scott Ware wrote in a Friday, April 6, news release.
Ware said the ankle monitor had been pried off with a screwdriver.
Ware said the two men lived on the same parcel of land but in different houses roughly 50 yards apart.
A lookout was posted for Daniel Burchardt before being called off Friday afternoon.
“Deputies with the White County Sheriff’s Office located and subsequently arrested Daniel Burchardt in an open field off of Post Road in White County,” Ware wrote.
No further information was released by the sheriff’s office.