ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials of the United States Marine Corps say that Jeffrey A. Peacock, the man accused of murdering five people in Colquitt County, was separated early from the Corps.
He's accused of shooting the five friends in a home on Rossman Dairy Road then setting the house on fire on May 15th.
They say that details of his release require his approval to publish, but that his "premature discharge and rank are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps' expectations and standards."
Peacock left the USMC at 29 Palms, California, as a Private First Class, on December 21, 2012. He enlisted in April, 2011. He was assigned to electronics maintenance, and was not deployed.
Peacock posted on his Facebook just hours after fire that read, "Well I don't think this year can get any worse."
Officials said Peacock has a criminal history but did not immediately release details.
Anyone who has information is urged to call authorities.