Arrest made in 1986 slaying of Pauline McCoy

Woman, 87, was brutalized at her Hyde Park home

Monday, June 4, 2012 6:36 PM
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Jimmy Lee Riley, 52, has been arrested in the death of Pauline McCoy, 87.  Special
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Jimmy Lee Riley, 52, has been arrested in the death of Pauline McCoy, 87.

One family’s prayers were answered Monday when a 52-year-old Augusta man was arrested in a murder case from 1986.

Jimmy Lee Riley was 26 when investigators were called to the home of Pauline McCoy, 87, in the 2000 block of Golden Rod Street in Hyde Park neighborhood because her friends had not seen her “for a period of time,” Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said in an e-mail.

Deputies found McCoy dead in her living room. The cause of death was listed as strangulation, blunt force trauma and stab wounds.

“My family and I have waited 26 years for justice to canvass the Earth looking for this perpetrator, who inflicted such pain on my grandmother and our family,” said the Rev. Eddie M. Dunbar. “She meant everything to us. Our prayers have been answered. May she continue to rest in peace with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

In an Augusta Chronicle story from the time, now-Sheriff Ronnie Strength, who was then a major in charge of the criminal investigation division, said neighbors began worrying about McCoy when she did not show up for church and her porch light stayed on during the day.

The story said McCoy was stabbed with a large knife, possibly a butcher knife. Strength said at the time that a side window had been forced open.

The case went cold even though Riley was an initial suspect. Dresser said investigators were unable to bring charges at the time. Recently, a sheriff’s investigator picked up the case and began looking for any forensic evidence that could be re-examined.

A crucial piece of evidence was found that directly linked Riley to McCoy’s homicide, Dresser said.

Riley was at his home in the 2300 block of Allen Avenue on Monday when he was arrested on charges of armed robbery, burglary, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and murder.

Records indicate that Riley has an extensive criminal history, including a burglary conviction when he was 23. In 1987, a year after McCoy’s slaying, he was charged with rape. He was convicted in 1989.

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 06/04/12 - 09:49 pm
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Glad to see this sick sob got

Glad to see this sick sob got caught. Now put his butt in prison and don't let him out this time!

richmond96
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richmond96 06/05/12 - 12:13 am
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God Is GOOD!!!

I was 10yrs old when this happened.... I am one of the great grandsons of my great-grandmother Pauline so I do remember when this happened.... Now our minds are at rest, want have to wonder who committed such a hateful crime on my great grand.... Thank you to the investigater who re-opened the case, may God bless you sir... As for Mr. Riely, you are forgiven sir, may God have mercy on your soul..... God bless

stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/05/12 - 07:46 am
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Good Work RC

I am so happy that this family can now have closure. This man has walked around with this secret for 26 years thinking for sure by now that he would never be charged....just goes to show that no matter how long it has been, times have changed thanks to these new cold case investigators looking back through evidence more and more are being solved. God bless this family.

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my.voice 06/05/12 - 07:50 am
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This is amazing. This is the

This is amazing. This is the ONLY country on this planet who would care enough to pull this off. This compassion to bring justice is what separates us from the rest of the world. Hats off to these cold case investigators who have the smarts to put this guy away. Way to go. Prayers for this family, as this is a long time to finally reach some level of closure.

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 06/05/12 - 09:06 am
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ANOTHER CASE THAT PROVES GOD
Unpublished

ANOTHER CASE THAT PROVES GOD IS WATCHING YOU!!!!

JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/05/12 - 09:15 am
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Good for the family and thank

Good for the family and thank you RCSD.
May your grandmother continue to rest in peace and this guy burn in hell.

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AutumnLeaves 06/05/12 - 05:59 pm
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Peace

It gives me some peace that this man has been arrested. It will give me more peace to know that, if guilty, he is convicted. I used to live near there and still have many friends in the community he was living in. He was not a member of the Alleluia Community, but the house he was living in is in spitting distance of members' homes. Vigilance is important no matter where you live or how well you think you know your neighbors. Vigilance has kept their community relatively safe. I hope it continues to do so and the rest of the community stops keeping a blind eye to more blatent crime and criminals.

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dichotomy 06/05/12 - 06:17 pm
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Good Job Investigator.

I'm glad they caught this guy and that the family may now have some closure.

The inverstigators who are opening the "cold case" files hopefully have every criminal who thinks they got away with something looking over their shoulders and not enjoying a minute's peace.

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