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Bond denied in 1986 Richmond County slaying case

Friday, June 15, 2012 10:51 AM
Last updated 9:49 PM
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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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AutumnLeaves 06/15/12 - 12:00 pm

How a sitting judge doesn't know about this case when it has been all over all the local media and some national media is beyond me. And for who gets the credit for the ID, go to previous articles, it shouldn't be credited ONLY to Ashley, since there was a team of experts involved, including her. She does get great credit (and my admiration and respect) for re-opening the case and asking for the old evidence to be re-examined with newer techniques. It does my heart good to hear about dedicated Law enforcement like her and the other people that were involved in reviewing this case. The others are mentioned in earlier articles in the Augusta Chronicle and other media. It will be quite satisfying if this work results in the suspect being convicted if proven guilty.

jrbfromga 06/16/12 - 06:00 am
To Autumn Leaves

The judge may know. However, the judiciary is only allowed to officially acknowledge evidence that is presented to the court. It is important to keep media information separate from admissible evidence.

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