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Cops: Hoschton man likely on drugs during wife's murder | VIDEO

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith speaks regarding a Wednesday morning homicide on Platinum Court in Hoschton.


Gwinnett police and crime scene investigators work outside 4295 Platinum Court in Hoschton, where authorities believe Rodney Kimsey II shot and killed his wife early Wednesday morning. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)

Gwinnett police and crime scene investigators work outside 4295 Platinum Court in Hoschton, where authorities believe Rodney Kimsey II shot and killed his wife early Wednesday morning. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)

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A member of the Gwinnett County Police Department examines a truck in the driveway outside 4295 Platinum Court in Hoschton, where authorities believe Rodney Kimsey II shot and killed his wife early Wednesday morning. A neighbor said Kimsey II worked in HVAC repair. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)

HOSCHTON — Rodney Alan Kimsey II was a stressed man.

An HVAC technician by trade, work had been hard to come by. American Express was garnishing his wages and, between Dec. 2012 and Oct. 2013, three small claims cases had been brought against his wife, Melissa. The couple had a 13-year-old daughter and a Hoschton home that was in a constant state of renovation.

“They were struggling,” neighbor Dave Driscoll said.

Sometime around 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, authorities believe Rodney Alan Kimsey II shot and killed his wife. Likely under the influence of drugs, the 31-year-old was wandering the streets of the Hamilton Springs subdivision and “spouting unintelligible things” when Gwinnett County police arrived.

His daughter had called police after hearing the commotion and finding her mother’s body.

“It’s hard to believe that somebody could do that their wife,” Driscoll said.

Rodney Kimsey was detained at the scene — a neighborhood not far from Little Mulberry Park, near the intersection of Mineral Springs and Hog Mountain roads — and taken to the hospital for evaluation, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. As of early Wednesday afternoon, he had not been formally charged but was deemed the “primary suspect.”

Investigators were expected to secure arrest warrants at some point Wednesday. As of 5 p.m., Kimsey had not been booked into the Gwinnett County jail.

Melissa Kimsey, 30, was shot multiple times, Smith said. Police believe they recovered the murder weapon inside the home at 4295 Platinum Court but were completing ballistics test to confirm.

The couple’s 13-year-old daughter was uninjured. She was interviewed by investigators and released to other family members.

A potential motive was unclear. Smith said police had never had any “interactions of note” with the couple, together or separately. Drugs may have played a role.

“It did seem to the officers that (Rodney Kimsey) was on some sort of drug,” Smith said, “but we may get some clarification from the hospital as far as specifically what was going on.”

The remains of shattered second-story windows rested on bushes below Wednesday afternoon. Rodney Kimsey allegedly “destroyed some things inside the house” during the fatal altercation with his wife.

Driscoll said he woke up Wednesday morning to gunshots, police lights and armed officers running down the street. He then heard Rodney Kimsey knocking on the door of his next-door neighbor, a man Kimsey had worked with in the past, and “ranting and raving about things that didn’t make a bit of sense.”

Property records showed the Kimseys had lived on Platinum Court since 2007. The women in the family mostly kept to themselves, Driscoll said, but were friendly.

Rodney Kimsey was more open with his neighbors.

“I know that he was under stress,” Driscoll said. “He and I have talked about it.”

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Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith speaks regarding a Wednesday morning homicide on Platinum Court in Hoschton.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith speaks regarding a Wednesday morning homicide on Platinum Court in Hoschton.