Bond denied in 1986 Richmond County slaying case

Bond was denied Friday for a man charged in a 26-year-old cold case.


Jimmy Riley, 52, is charged with murder, burglary, armed robbery and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in the death of 87-year-old Pauline McCoy in December 1986.

“Wait a minute? This is 1986?” Superior Court Judge Wil­liam Fleming said when Kris­ten Turner of the District Attorney’s Office started her recitation of the facts in the case.

“Yes, sir, it’s a cold case,” Turner replied.

Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Ashley Pletcher is credited with matching a bloody fingerprint left on the windowsill of McCoy’s Augusta home to Riley. Turner said it’s still undetermined whether the blood belonged to Riley or McCoy, who was stabbed several times with a large knife.

Turner opposed bond and said the family, who did not speak at the hearing, believes Riley is a flight risk.

Public defender Kate Mason said Riley’s felony convictions date back to the early ’80s and that he hasn’t been in any trouble besides misdemeanors since then.

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