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University Hospital shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 1:10 PM
Last updated Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 2:17 AM
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An elderly man accused of killing his wife’s nephew in her University Hospital room entered a plea of not guilty to murder Friday.

Charles Gorrell, 86, was arrested Oct. 16 after 59-year-old Tim Grooms was shot to death.

Grooms, of Lincolnton, Ga., had power of attorney for his aunt, Frances Gorrell, 83, who died in December.

Gorrell is charged with felony murder and malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was released on bond in November because of health issues.

Authorities said the shooting stemmed from a dispute between Gorrell and Grooms about Frances Gorrell. The woman had been admitted to Uni­versity on Oct. 15 for treatment of pneumonia. Frances Gorrell, officials said, also had other serious medical conditions.

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

Gorrell’s case is assigned to Superior Court Judge Sheryl B. Jolly.

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triscuit
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triscuit 02/15/13 - 01:39 pm
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Pleading not guilty and BEING

Pleading not guilty and BEING not guilty are two different things.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/15/13 - 03:18 pm
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I think we all know what this

I think we all know what this is about. It's not ideal, but it's realistic.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 02/15/13 - 03:50 pm
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Seriously?!
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Seriously?!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/16/13 - 08:45 am
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Diminished Capacity ??
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The justice system. Case law instead of book law. Applying the law as opposed to interpreting the law. A system where only the witnesses are required by law to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. Not the judge, lawyers or jury. Stay away room the courtroom.

We live in a society that has more concern for the the guilty than for the victim. Everyone has been wronged, so how can we judge their actions. So let's play CC God and determine the intent of their heart.

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SFCRET85 02/16/13 - 08:48 am
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If ever there was a good
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If ever there was a good reason to get that "speedy trial" thing in gear, this may be it. The family deserves closure.

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seenitB4 02/19/13 - 08:19 am
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Frances Oglesby

His wife.....someone I knew & loved .....Frances was a a wonderful woman....a great employee for the Bell system.....I am so sorry this is the kind of headline she endured in her last days.....she didn't deserve this...

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