Augusta man guilty in Barnwell doctor's murder

A jury found Glenn V. Riggs II guilty on all three counts in the November 2013 death of Barnwell surgeon Dr. Charles Mann.

 

After deliberating for less than an hour, the jury found Riggs guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder and armed robbery, despite the defense asking the jury to consider an involuntary manslaughter charge instead. Riggs, 24, was sentenced to life without parole for the merged murder counts and 20 years consecutive for the armed robbery charge.

His lawyer Constance Parks told the jury that Riggs didn't deny killing and dumping Mann's body, but that doesn't make him a murderer.

"That's not a murderer, period. Glenn Riggs is not a murderer," Parks told the jury Wednesday in her closing statements. "...Not one witness who came in this room has said one bad thing about him."

In a videotaped police statement played for the jury Tuesday, Riggs told a Richmond County sheriff's investigator the details surrounding Mann's death. Riggs stated that Mann replied to a Craigslist ad he posted seeking sex. Riggs gave Mann directions to his home on Dublin Drive, his phone number and asked him to bring Icehouse beer and his laptop for their meeting. He told police his intention was to take Mann's money and laptop and let him go.

When Mann arrived at the home around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21, he began taking his clothes off and touching Riggs, who choked him to the point he started coughing up blood. Riggs then picked up a 25-pound weight and struck Mann until he was certain he was dead. After taking $22 out of the victim's pockets, Riggs wrapped the dead body in a sheet, put him in the trunk of the doctor's car and drove him to Spirit Creek in Hephzibah, where he dropped him over the bridge. He stated he bought a burger from Checkers before abandoning Mann's car in the woods near Old Louisville Road and walking home. He told police he was unsure why he killed Mann, who had been married for nearly 30 years and worked as a surgeon at at hospital in Barnwell. His intention had been to "get the money and send him on his way."

The following evening police discovered the car, which had an index card inside with directions to Riggs' home and his phone number. When police arrived at the home to question him in the disappearance, he denied knowing the doctor, police testified. But the morning of Nov. 23 he messaged a friend on Facebook to confess he "killed a man." The friend alerted police, leading to Riggs' arrest and confession.

Riggs took the stand Wednesday and said he feared being raped by the 60-year-old doctor. He stated that he told Mann "no" when he started talking about sex, but Mann didn't leave.

"Regardless of what they talked about (previously online) 'no' means 'no,'" Parks said.

She pointed out that Riggs was honest with police, admitting to the crime and even offering to help them locate the body. He never intended to kill Mann, she said.

Prosecutor Audrey Lewis, however, said there was evidence that it was well thought out. She has a hard time believing, she told the jury, that any person who gave someone a phone number, address and allowed him to see his face, would let that person leave after being robbed and possibly go to authorities. She pointed out he never showed remorse or said he was sorry when being interviewed by police or when confessing to his friend.

"You saw the video, right?" she said of the police interview. "You saw the cold way he described it. I've seen people show more emotion about their order for takeout."

Testimony begins in doctor’s murder
Topics:
 

More

Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

... Read more