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Grand jury indicts 86-year-old on murder charges

86-year-old charged in killing inside hospital

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 9:41 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 8:43 AM
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A Richmond County grand jury has indicted Charles W. Gorrell in the Oct. 16 slaying of his wife’s nephew at University Hospital, according to District Attorney Ashley Wright.

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Wright said the grand jury returned indictments Monday against the 86-year-old Gorrell on charges of felony murder, malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The indictment comes a little more than two months since a “gravely ill” Gorrell was released on bond after authorities called a hasty hearing the day before Thanksgiving because of concerns over his health.

Court officials said he is staying in Columbia with his son, Greg Gorrell, and wears an electronic ankle monitor that allows his whereabouts to be tracked. His movements have been confined to trips to and from doctors’ offices and hospitals, said William Sussman, his defense attorney.

“His health problems are myriad,” Sussman said.

In January alone, Gorrell went to doctors’ offices at least five times.

Sussman said his client suffers from congestive heart failure and is on an array of medications, including a blood thinner, and requires oxygen at night. He also has trouble eating, walking or standing, Sussman said.

It was much the same when he was being held at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center after his arrest Oct. 16, when, authorities said, he took a pistol into his wife’s room on the hospital’s seventh floor and shot 59-year-old Tim Grooms.

Gorrell had been sent to local hospitals five times – about once every week, since his arrest. The jail administrator, Maj. Gene Johnson, said the mounting cost of his health care was a concern, but officials also feared Gorrell might die in jail because he could not get round-the-clock care.

“He needs to be in a hospital, not in jail,” Johnson told the court in November.

Authorities said the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Gorrell and Grooms, who held a power of attorney for his aunt – Gor­rell’s wife – Frances Grooms Oglesby Gorrell.

The 83-year-old woman had been admitted to Uni­versity Hospital on Oct. 15 for treatment of pneumonia. Frances Gorrell, who officials said had other serious medical conditions, died Dec. 3 at Doctors Hospital.

However, in October, officials said that Charles Gorrell objected to some decisions Grooms made involving his aunt’s care and that there were several disputes leading up to the shooting.

On Oct. 16, an argument developed over who would spend the night at the hospital. Witnesses said Gorrell used a black bag to take a gun into his wife’s hospital room and fired at least four shots at Grooms, killing him. Gorrell was taken into custody by University Hospital security personnel.

Since Gorrell has been staying with his son, Wright said she had been “getting sporadic updates on his condition and have requested more specific information.” She would not speculate on when Gorrell’s case would go to trial.

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Jake
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Jake 01/29/13 - 11:01 pm
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Age&health clause

Does murder have an age and health clause like it does a mental health clause? I wouldn't think so.

giwi
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giwi 01/29/13 - 11:38 pm
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The killer is NOT gravely

The killer is NOT gravely ill. He has not used a wheelchair since he has been living in comfort. He apparently knows how to play the system. Once a week to the dr.! He went 2-3 times a week prior to killing an upstanding man in the CSRA. Tim Grooms had many years to contribute to society and his family, but unfortunately that was cut short due to this VIOLENT homicide! The aunt was very distraught over the murder of her nephew. Apparently, the biggest mistake of her life was marrying this man! One thing for sure is that he will burn for eternality!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/30/13 - 02:34 am
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Frances Oglesby

I knew her..she was a wonderful woman...I'm so sorry to hear about her death....
One of the best supervisors the Bell system has ever had....RIP...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/30/13 - 08:00 am
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He's just going to end up in

He's just going to end up in the Augusta prison hospital. It's a no win situation.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/30/13 - 08:01 am
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Seems he has a healthy trigger finger though...

Curious if he is on medicare or medicaid. If he is then since the tax payers are footing the bill anyway he should spend his remaining days in the comforts of a jail cell, as opposed to the graveyard he put his victim in....

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 01/30/13 - 08:55 am
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Bond
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He actually was given a bond?!?

"Where they do that at?"

triscuit
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triscuit 01/30/13 - 09:38 am
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This guy, old or not,

This guy, old or not, murdered a wonderful guy and devastated a precious family. He should never have been let out and he needs to be put in jail for the last of his days.

Bulldog1
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Bulldog1 01/30/13 - 10:02 am
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Money

Follow the money. He was let out because the county was having to foot the medical bills. The same reason that most prostitues are not arressed. The medical bills are terrible!

brendadale
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brendadale 01/30/13 - 10:27 am
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He should be in jail

Let this man die in jail. He should not be in the company of his family. He is a murderer, and should be in the company of that kind.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 01/30/13 - 12:17 pm
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Who are we kidding? His

Who are we kidding? His lawyer will claim "diminished capacity" or some other bulldinkle defense..

giwi
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giwi 01/30/13 - 12:36 pm
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Henry, the first judge denied

Henry, the first judge denied bond. Apparently, a couple of hours before the Thanksgiving holidays, the jailer called to say he was "gravely ill"! Why was he not in the court room to show the family and the judge that he was; going to the hospital multiple times doesn't mean anything! You will get sick if you refused to drink and eat! Oh, the food must not been up to snuff! Well, I guess he is getting homecooked meals from his family and church people who are visiting him! He is a very manipulative person! He fooled the church he attended--he was a deacon! Belvedere Baptist Church supported this man at the first hearing. Danny Craig let him out on bond. For the person who asked about Medicare, etc., he is 86 years old so he has Medicare and most likely a secondary insurance. Why can't the county file insurance claims on this. I know that it is a cost issue for the county, but I for one pay dearly in taxes. This man needs to be in jail until he rots. Wait til his trial comes, apparently there are some serious issues with his family members when he was married to his first wife. I don't know where he is living in Columbia, SC but residents near the residence BEWARE! He is in a house full of guns. He took shooting classes and had a target at the home of victim's aunt. Don't be fooled! He knew what he was doing when he killed at that hospital and he will do it again. The victim's family--I hope you are armed in case he comes after you!

corgimom
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corgimom 01/30/13 - 01:24 pm
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Medicaid and Medicare doesn't

Medicaid and Medicare doesn't pay for incarcerated prisoners. It's all paid for by the taxpayers of a state and county, and by US taxpayers if it's Federal.

If you're acutely ill- and with congestive heart failure, you are really, really sick- and you go to jail, the stress and the living conditions WILL make you sicker. It is guaranteed. There aren't a lot of 80+ people in jails and prisons, and there are reasons for that.

I know this isn't what a lot of you want to hear, but those prison hospitals aren't set up for jailed prisoners with acute long-term needs. Richmond County jail is not set up for someone that is so acutely ill and that needs round the clock care. It was determined by the jail medical staff that he needed to be hospitalized, and yes, being hospitalized 5 times does mean something. It means that the hospital couldn't get him stabilized to the point where he could be cared for by the jail medical staff.

Does anyone really think that the judge, the jailer, the doctor at the jail, and the doctors at MCG are all engaged in a conspiracy?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 01/30/13 - 02:10 pm
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I didn't know the guy...

but it sounds like he's the type that should have been married to Betty Neumar...

burninater
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burninater 01/30/13 - 02:11 pm
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Why are taxpayers footing

Why are taxpayers footing this guy's medical bills in the first place? Medicare and Medicaid need to go. You get the care you can afford. These senior gimme gimme voters looking for handouts clearly don't understand that you can't keep taking money from the rich to feed the lazy.

SPARKSTER83
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SPARKSTER83 01/30/13 - 02:28 pm
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WHO CARES WHO PAYS WHAT????
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WHO CARES WHO PAYS WHAT???? THE MAN IS ALMOST 90YRS OLD HOW MUCH LONGER COULD HE HAV LFT? LEAVE HIM ALONE LET HIM DIE IN PEACE...I AM NOT SAYING KILLING IS OK I AM JUST SAYING!!!!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/30/13 - 03:21 pm
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Burn

Good to see you coming around. ha.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/30/13 - 03:25 pm
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Taxpayers pay for all the

Taxpayers pay for all the medical bills of everyone that is incarcerated, they are under the care of the State, and cannot be denied medical care.

And Burninator, I think you're missing the point, this isn't a story about Medicare or Medicaid.

Nobody is talking about voters.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/30/13 - 05:58 pm
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let him die

I won't shed a tear. To many bleeding hearts crying for those that deserve to rot in hell.

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