Murder suspect: Penske 'stole $500M' from me

(2011) Jesse James Warren, left — a former Penske employee who is accused of shooting five people and killing fourat the truck rental facility in Kennesaw  — sits with his attorney, Jimmy Berry, right, during a hearing in Cobb Superior Court before Judge Mary Staley. In a videotaped interview with police shortly after his arrest, Warren said Penske stole $500 million he’d received in a ‘top secret’ military project.

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A man accused of killing four people and wounding another after he allegedly opened fire at a Kennesaw Penske truck leasing facility in 2010 has been involuntarily committed to a prison psychiatric hospital, according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s office.

Jesse James Warren, now 67, of Temple, allegedly opened fire with a 9mm handgun on Jan. 12, 2010, killing Penske employees Van Springer, Jaider Marulanda and Roberto Gonzalez. A fourth man, Zachariah Werner, died of his injuries in July 2013. Another man, Joshua Holbrook, survived injuries sustained in the attack.

Warren was arrested shortly after the attack. Police found two firearms on him and more than 120 others at his residence, according to a release from the DA’s office.

A doctor testified that Warren was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2005 and refuses to take medication.

According to the doctor’s testimony, Warren believes he invented Wi-Fi for the military, was paid $500 million for it and that Penske stole much of that money. The DA’s office said his mental illness and refusal to take his medicine causes him to perceive threats where none exist and that he could react violently to these perceived dangers.

In 2014, the court ordered Warren to be forcibly medicated, but the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2015.

Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark signed the order committing Warren to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely on Tuesday. 

Warren has been held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center since his arrest in 2010. 

He will be evaluated by doctors every year. If they find his condition is cured, they will report it to the court and he will stand trial, said DA spokeswoman Kim Isaza.

“In all likelihood, he will spend the rest of his life in a prison hospital,” Isaza said.

Chief Assistant DA Jesse Evans said prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty and acknowledged that this is not the outcome he would have liked.

“However, we take some solace in the fact that Mr. Warren will be locked up in a prison hospital and not able to inflict these kinds of harms on anyone else,” Evans told the court.

A man accused of killing four people and wounding another after he allegedly opened fire at a Kennesaw Penske truck leasing facility in 2010 has been involuntarily committed to a prison psychiatric hospital, according to the Cobb County District Attorney’s office.

Jesse James Warren, now 67, of Temple, allegedly opened fire with a 9mm handgun on Jan. 12, 2010, killing Penske employees Van Springer, Jaider Marulanda and Roberto Gonzalez. A fourth man, Zachariah Werner, died of his injuries in July 2013. Another man, Joshua Holbrook, survived injuries sustained in the attack.

Warren was arrested shortly after the attack. Police found two firearms on him and more than 120 others at his residence, according to a release from the DA’s office.

A doctor testified that Warren was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2005 and refuses to take medication.

According to the doctor’s testimony, Warren believes he invented Wi-Fi for the military, was paid $500 million for it and that Penske stole much of that money. The DA’s office said his mental illness and refusal to take his medicine causes him to perceive threats where none exist and that he could react violently to these perceived dangers.

In 2014, the court ordered Warren to be forcibly medicated, but the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2015.

Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark signed the order committing Warren to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely on Tuesday.

Warren has been held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center since his arrest in 2010.

He will be evaluated by doctors every year. If they find his condition is cured, they will report it to the court and he will stand trial, said DA spokeswoman Kim Isaza.

“In all likelihood, he will spend the rest of his life in a prison hospital,” Isaza said.

Chief Assistant DA Jesse Evans said prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty and acknowledged that this is not the outcome he would have liked.

“However, we take some solace in the fact that Mr. Warren will be locked up in a prison hospital and not able to inflict these kinds of harms on anyone else,” Evans told the court.

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