MOULTRIE, Ga. — A Colquitt County man accused of killing five people and setting their house on fire will go on trial Monday.

Jeffrey Alan Peacock, of Norman Park, initially faced a potential death sentence if convicted, but prosecutors gave up seeking that punishment a month ago, at the same time that Peacock’s defense waived his right to a jury trial.

Prosecution and defense will be heard by Superior Court Judge James E. Hardy in a bench trial beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Colquitt County Courthouse Annex.

Firefighters and law enforcement were called to a house fire at 8:28 a.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016. Peacock, who was 24 at the time of the incident, was outside the burning residence at 505 Rossman Dairy Road. Distraught, he told the first deputy on scene that he had gone to town to get breakfast for everyone and found the house on fire when he returned. He was one of three people to call 911.

Dead in the residence were Jonathan Garrett Edwards, Ramsey Jones Pidcock and Aaron Reid Williams, all 21; Alicia Brooke Norman, 20; and Jordan Shane Croft, 22. An autopsy performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab determined all five had been shot before the fire.

Three dogs were also found dead at the scene — two in the house and one outside.

Peacock was arrested May 19, four days after the fire. A grand jury indicted him in March 2017 on five counts of malice murder, an arson charge, three counts of aggravated cruelty to dogs and five counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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