Jail cell may be next for wounded suspect who returned to hospital

An Aiken County murder suspect who fled an Augusta hospital over the weekend, came back to the emergency room this morning and might soon be in a jail cell.


Aiken County Sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell said doctors are evaluating Terrence Riley, 40, of Columbia, to determine whether he can be released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital and sent to the Aiken County Detention Center.

Two deputies from Richmond and Aiken counties are now guarding Mr. Riley’s room, Capt. Elwell said this morning.

Mr. Riley was wounded in Aiken County Friday during a fatal home invasion in which he is a suspect.

He was struck in his leg, lower abdomen and chest, and at one point was listed in critical condition.

Police said Mr. Riley slipped out of the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics over the weekend while on a smoke break.

After about 24 hours of freedom, however, he returned to the hospital’s emergency room, where he was spotted about 2 a.m. today.

“An Aiken City police officer at the hospital on an unrelated accident recognized the suspect and contacted us,” Capt. Elwell said.

Mr. Riley will be charged with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, first degree burglary and attempted armed robbery, Capt. Elwell said.



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