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University Hospital shooting suspect to stay in jail

Man asks for bond to help with ill wife

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 3:48 PM
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 1:38 AM
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An 85-year-old Aiken County man accused of fatally shooting his nephew Tuesday in a University Hospital patient room will remain in the Richmond County jail until a Superior Court bond hearing is scheduled, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Charles Gorrell: Aiken County man, 85, is being held in Richmond County jail.  SPECIAL
Charles Gorrell: Aiken County man, 85, is being held in Richmond County jail.

Charles Gorrell, of Sud­low Lake Road, was arrested on charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after investigators said he shot Tim Grooms, of Lincolnton, Ga., about 3 p.m. The shooting took place while Grooms and Gorrell were inside a seventh-floor room, where Gorell’s wife was being treated. Gorrell then surrendered his gun to hospital security, police said.

During a hearing Wednes­day before Magistrate Judge Stephen Shepherd, Gorrell had to be moved closer to the bench to hear the charges, then asked the judge whether there were different degrees of killing people. Shepherd advised Gorrell to not speculate about his charges in court.

Gorrell also asked his bond be set quickly because his wife was scheduled for release from the hospital Friday after treatment for pneumonia.

“We’re trying to get her to our home, and we thought I could get out on bond to help her,” Gorrell said.

Shepherd said he did not have the authority as a magistrate to set bond on Gorrell’s felony charges, and he would have to remain in jail until a Superior Court judge could act.

The reasons for the fatal shooting remained unclear Wednesday.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles said investigators had been told there had been a longstanding feud between Gorrell and his nephew but whatever sparked Tuesday’s violence was still unclear.

Peebles said he had heard several stories about what precipitated the shooting, including some tension over legal issues, but he would not speculate on the motive.

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my.voice 10/17/12 - 05:06 pm
This is crazy.......who

This is crazy.......who shoots someone in a hospital? Why are not our hospitals at least pretending to prevent this kind of inevitable behavior? Finally, how selfish of this man to do this while his own wife lay ill, there is just no excuse, I don't care how bad the feud was. I hope this lady has family who will help care for her?

Retired Army
Retired Army 10/17/12 - 05:57 pm
Anybody pull up a background

Anybody pull up a background check on both the victim and the accused?

Long standing family feuds, such as this is reported to be, many times have a documented history with LEO inderdiction.

Just wondering.

Discussionstarter 10/18/12 - 08:39 pm
I feel sorry for him too

Based on his behavior in the TV excerpts... I do not believe he is 100% whole. Temporary Insanity may be his 'out'. I hope the remaining family will help his wife when she is discharged. My condolences to the nephew's family as well.

Dee516 10/18/12 - 11:37 pm
Hospital Shooting

AT Least PRETENDING? Really? wow ppl. come to a hospital for one reason only THEY r Sick, not to come and witness a killing or hear it!! E

at least '' pretending'' to prevent this kind of inevitable behavior? Really? I work at University and the pure fact one would say that ticks me off...... our security is excellent, they can not prevent one from bringing weapon's on one self without a machine to scan ppl. I mean come on, I agree families and Friends of patients in the hospital are already worried and stressed as it is, much less have to go thru security to get in... This world is going to the dogs... I feel less save out in public places then at the hospital... can u image having to go thru security everywhere u go? REALLY? I look over my shoulder anywhere I go... as for pretending that was plain wrong to say....
And look at the paragraph where the shooter said a few times.."WE" leads me to believe he talked to someone about something.... read between line if u can... just sayn....

Loves Clark Hill Lake
Loves Clark Hill Lake 10/19/12 - 11:53 am
Tim Groomes shooting

Mr. Discussionstarter, This man killed a VERY GOOD FRIEND of mine and of many more people.He was a AWESOME husband and father. He would give the shirt off of his back to a total stranger if needed. He in NO way shape or form deserved to be shot and killed by his uncle while is aunt laid in the bed watching the whole thing unable to do anything. He was able to leave the hospital and return with a gun and do this hideous crime.Insane my A%%. It was a thought out plan and for his family and lawyer's to even give this defense a thought makes me sick!! He shot Tim point blank range with No chance for him to defend hisself then turned hisself in.There should not even be a trial for this trash.. Put him in the chair and let me flip the switch.. I hope he burns in Hell!! Rest in Peace Tim.. We love you and you will be missed..

wcandjc41 10/19/12 - 09:11 pm
Shooting suspect, Charles Gorrell

I would like to speak on behalf of my husband's and my dear friend,
Mr. Charles Gorrell,who remains behind bars for the murder of not
His nephew, but his wife's nephew. We first met Mr. Charles approximately 15 years ago when he and his first wife moved to
Aiken County from Florida. Not only were we neighbors, but also
friends and they became members of our Sunday School class and church. Later Charles's wife died after a long bout with cancer. Several years following, Charles and Mrs. Frances, also widowed, married.
Mr. Charles was a wonderful caregiver to both wives until recently
when his health kept him from the ability to take care of Frances,
and he had help from two female sitters. If there was ever a loving, caring Christian man, it has been Charles Gorrell. All of Charles and Frances's friends are shocked and devastated over this tragedy. We know that there has to be a serious medical or mental problem for this to have happened. I personally believe that he felt like he or Mrs. Frances were being threatened in some way. I feel very sorry for the
victim's family, but I feel like people who don't know all the facts are attacking my friend unmercifully and I know there has to be a lot more to this story than any of us knows.

turtle mama
turtle mama 10/22/12 - 11:11 am
I was there the day it

I was there the day it happened. Mr. Gorrell was very soft-spoken and forthright. He commented on his reason for the act of violence. We may never know the true reason. Mrs. Gorrell held my hand and squeezed. She may not be able to express herself, but her eyes tell a story. My heart goes out to the Gorrell's and the victims wife. Putting Mr. Gorrell away or asking for the electric chair will not help this family heal. We need to think of the survivors, not our own pain.

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