A man identified as a person of interest in an Eden homicide has again failed to appear in court. Shawn Rich 44, was arrested by state police several hours after the Eden shooting on Dec. 1 on three active arrest warrants. Rich was then charged last Friday with resisting arrest and violating court-ordered conditions of release. State’s Attorney Zaleski then asked Judge Justin P. Jiron to hold Rich without bail based on his prior criminal record but the judge instead set bail at $300 which allowed Rich to be released from jail over the weekend. On Monday morning, Rich was supposed to answer charges of cocaine possession and violating conditions of release but he failed to appear. Rich has over 20 open criminal cases in Caledonia County and was named in court documents last week by state police as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Eden resident David Peatman, 66. State’s Attorney Zaleski said Rich has a criminal record that includes nine failures to appear in court, six convictions for violating court orders, 11 felony convictions, 37 misdemeanor convictions, four assaulting crime convictions, 29 parole violations, and 11 violations of probation.
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