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Courts deliberate mental competency of serial killer Reinaldo Rivera

Mental evaluation debated in courts

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Serial killer Reinaldo Rivera’s change of heart about his readiness to be executed has caused a long deliberation over the necessity of a court-ordered mental evaluation.

Reinaldo Rivera was sentenced to death in 2004 for murder.  HAND OUT
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Reinaldo Rivera was sentenced to death in 2004 for murder.


The Georgia Supreme Court ordered a mental evaluation after Rivera asked the court to drop his appeal of habeas corpus. Rivera, who sits on death row in Jackson, Ga., wanted to dismiss his lawyer and waive rights to future appeals.

On May 22, the day before refusing an evaluation by a state expert, Rivera signed a handwritten affidavit in which he said he could not “in good conscience proceed with my motion.” Since then, lawyers for both sides of the case have presented arguments on whether the court should complete the evaluation. A final ruling has not been made.

Rivera’s lawyer, Robyn Painter of the Georgia Resource Center, said the evaluation is not needed because Rivera acted to withdraw his motion to dismiss counsel and appeal, the grounds under which the court ordered the evaluation.

Assistant Attorney General Theresa Schiefer said it is necessary for the court to make a finding but that it can do so without expert evaluation. Previous proceedings leave no room to doubt Rivera’s competency.

A Richmond County Super­ior Court jury sentenced Rivera to death in January 2004 for the murder of Army Sgt. Marni Glista.

Glista was found unconscious and barely breathing inside her home Sept. 5, 2000, after being attacked the day before. She died Sept. 9 at Doctors Hospital. Glista was strangled, according to the indictment.

Rivera confessed that he raped and killed three other women. A fourth, Chrisilee Barton, survived a brutal stabbing and gave investigators clues that led to his capture.

Superior Court Judge William Fears ordered a final ruling March 31, 2011, denying Rivera’s petition for habeas.

From his first confessions, Rivera insisted he wanted a death sentence. According to the judge’s final order, Rivera “consistently, both at trial and during these habeas proceedings, indicated that he has no desire to appeal his convictions and sentences.”

The case moved to Supreme Court but on Feb. 27, the habeas court that heard the original petition was asked to conduct a hearing on Rivera’s request for dismissal and a mental evaluation, if needed.

In an April 18 hearing with Fears, Rivera testified that he wanted to “set (the) execution date as soon as possible.”

Rivera also told the judge that he takes two prescribed medications on a regular basis for bipolar disorder and manic depression. The judge ordered 60 days to complete Rivera’s mental evaluation.

When Rivera said he wanted to continue the appeal, a second hearing was held June 13, where the judge allowed the lawyers to make a case for how the court should proceed.

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 07/01/12 - 10:19 pm
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Has it gotten so bad now that

Has it gotten so bad now that we can't even finish the job even when the prisoner himself is begging for it. Do we have to insist that everyone is crazy and not able to be held responsible for their crimes. This man is obviously a monster, and the faster we can send him to hell the better.

boodroe
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boodroe 07/02/12 - 05:01 am
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He is evil not crazy

He is an evil sick human being and needs to be removed from society like all evil things. He was smart enough not to get caught for months and only was caught cause one victim survived. He wants to die let him die stop wasting tax payer money on evil people

madgerman
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madgerman 07/02/12 - 06:03 am
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Hold on folks. The Judge has
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Hold on folks. The Judge has to make sure all the active participants are feeding on the taxpayer pie. And only after every possible cent of taxpayer funds are consumed will he allow this monster to be put where he should have been 8-9 years ago. How many more years? Just make sure you citizens elect another lawyer to represent you in the legislature so that our can get even more convoluted. And please do not forget "We are a nation of laws".

corgimom
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corgimom 07/02/12 - 08:45 am
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How insane can you be if you

How insane can you be if you can work and hold down a job, as he did at Bridgeport?

He's not crazy, he's just sick and evil. There's a difference. An insane person wouldn't have the competency to lure those girls in with his "I'm a photographer and you could be a model" line.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/02/12 - 10:13 am
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I remember this case. I was

I remember this case. I was working at the grocery store, and a group of people came through my line with party supplies. They were having a going away party for a soldier who was leaving for the Middle East in a day or so. It was Marni Glista's husband.The day that she was attacked, a bagger was outside and saw that monster standing at a vehicle talking to Marni who was in the drivers seat. She lived just a few blocks from the store. As far as I heard, nobody saw her again till someone at Fort Gordon found her.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/02/12 - 10:19 am
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One of my daughter's friends

One of my daughter's friends was approached by a man in the mall who wanted to take pictures of her and start her into a modeling career.He fit the description of Rivera. She wanted to think about it first. I don't know if he gave her a phone number or what, but she decided to turn down the offer.

allhans
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allhans 07/02/12 - 10:46 am
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Marni lived just maybe 3

Marni lived just maybe 3 houses off Jackson Rd in the Tanglewood subdivision.
Why are we spending time and money on this creep?

happychimer
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happychimer 07/02/12 - 11:30 am
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allhans I agree.

allhans I agree.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/02/12 - 03:03 pm
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What I remember

...is the present High Sheriff was then Chief Deputy, running for the office, and knew Rivera was serially killing, but didn't warn the populace because he feared he might lose votes.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/02/12 - 03:06 pm
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Is there any way

... the court could declare him a fetus? Then, we could smash in the back of his head, suck out whatever brains he had and then throw his body into a dumpster. And all the liberal posters could celebrate his death as well.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/02/12 - 04:16 pm
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he's incompetent,
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insane and irrelevant. Those young lady's were competent, sane and extremely relevant. he doesn't deserve a place to eat, sleep and make any decisions. he makes "mad dogs" appear rational. Make him "enjoy" the same fate he ushered upon true human beings.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/02/12 - 06:00 pm
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I am a liberal and proud of

I am a liberal and proud of it. I am not for abortion. Enlighten yourself to facts.

KSL
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KSL 07/02/12 - 06:55 pm
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If you know how to hide what

If you know how to hide what you are doing, you know right from wrong. If you understand what you did and ask for the death penalty, you know right from wrong.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/02/12 - 07:29 pm
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I agree with all of the

I agree with all of the above. JUICE THIS CRETIN ALREADY!!!!!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/02/12 - 08:06 pm
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Get it over with

Get it over with - this poor excuse even for a monster has been leading the judicial system around by its nose for the past 8 year. EIGHT LONG years. I respect the law to the fullest, but this is a charade - get it over with, once and for all, he does not deserve to breath another breath! And forget the last meal - - - -

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