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Document claims slain doctor lured to Augusta for sexual encounter

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 2:39 PM
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The doctor slain in Augusta just before Thanksgiving was lured to town for a sexual encounter, according to the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for a computer used by the man suspected of killing him.

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The computer was at the Dublin Drive home where Glenn Vincent Riggs II, 22, lived with his grandmother. Two days after Dr. Charles Mann III disappeared, Riggs told a Richmond County sheriff’s detective that Mann responded to a Web site post that Riggs had made Nov. 21.

According to the affidavit, Riggs gave Mann his address and phone number after they exchanged messages about sex. Riggs told the detective his intention was to rob the 60-year-old general surgeon, who worked at Southern Palmetto Hospital in Barnwell, S.C.

Riggs is now in jail facing charges of murder and robbery.

Richmond County deputies had been looking for Mann since Nov. 21, when his 2006 Honda Accord was found near Old Louisville Road and Satcher Boulevard. The first deputy on the scene, Calvin Davis, saw blood on the rear bumper, and when he opened the trunk he found a lot more blood, according to the affidavit.

Inside the vehicle, officers found a piece of paper with Riggs’ address and phone number. When an officer went to the address, Riggs answered the door. He denied knowing Mann and he said he couldn’t identify a photograph of the doctor.

After the visit, Riggs posted a message on a friend’s Facebook page: “I killed a man ... the law is on to me...”, according to the search warrant affidavit.

Riggs told his grandmother not to return home the evening of Nov. 23 because a visiting friend had a seizure in the house and Riggs was trying to clean up his blood, according to the affidavit.

Mann’s body was found that day in Spirit Creek at Willis Foreman Road. According to the coroner, Mann was the victim of strangulation and blunt force trauma.

Mann had worked as a general surgeon at Southern Palmetto Hospital since March, according to the hospital’s CEO. He lived in Barnwell County during the week, but traveled home to Kathleen, Ga., on weekends.

According to the hospital’s Web site, he was a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. As part of his residency, Mann did pediatric surgery at Queen Mary’s Hospital for Sick Children, Carshalton, England.

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Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 12/04/13 - 10:25 am
My deepest condolences to Dr.

My deepest condolences to Dr. Mann's family. What a difficult time this must be for them...the loss and the shock, all to be suffered out publicly. My prayer for them is that the Lord will give them protection, provide family and community support to get them through their grief and finally... peace, forgiveness and wholeness.

For the rest of us, my prayer is that we will all see and seek the things that result in healthy living and eternal treasure.

... These lives of ours...they do have expiration dates.

belle 12/04/13 - 10:37 am

What does that bible verse have to do with anything in this situation??

nocnoc 12/04/13 - 11:30 am
Like 99% of ARC I have not read the note

What I know from reading the article is a hookup was made.

The article does not say the doctor was heading to a KNOWN Homosexual encounter. It only said "Riggs gave Mann his address and phone number after they exchanged messages about sex."

Was Riggs saying he was a male up front, and they were setting up a Homosexual encounter. Or was Riggs posing as a Female (Regina) in the communications?

While it does not look like False Advertising / Murder, I would like a clear statement that the Doctor knew he was headed to a Homosexual encounter before totally agreeing 1 way or the other.

Dixieman 12/04/13 - 12:03 pm
To karradur

Um, what does Matthew 5:32 have to do with this case? "But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery"?
I don't see anything about divorce in the article.

whyme 12/04/13 - 02:29 pm
Here we go again

I knew you posters would have a field day with this one. Assumptions being made based on the limited information in the article presented, digressing off into opinions on just about everything, whether you feel it is relevent or not. Wish they'd take the anonymity away and you'd be made to share your thoughts with the families and community. Remember, what goes around comes around.

myfather15 12/04/13 - 02:39 pm
I agree with other comments.

With this information, it's impossible to tell if this was a homosexual encounter or not; and who cares!! Whether it was homosexual or not doesn't make any difference!! Riggs could have easily been posting as a woman; but like I said, it doesn't matter at all.

This happens more than people realize; but usually it doesn't end in murder, just robbery!! I can post an article on Craiglist, selling a kitchen table for $500.00. If you call me, responding to the article and set up a time to come see the table. First, I realize you are PROBABLY bringing $500.00 in cash with you; because not to many people are taking checks from strangers. So it's very easy to set up a robbery and get your $500.00 when you come.

This situation is basically no different; it's just that the intitial reason for meeting was sex, not sales. It doesn't matter if he was meeting a male or female; the person setting him up was going to rob him and ended up killing him. It's VERY sad that it had to end this way!! But we ALL need to be very careful responding to these internet adds!!

Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 12/05/13 - 01:02 am
Been reporting this since last detail.

The instant the cops searched Dr. Mann's computers they knew what they were dealing with. The Dr. trolled for sexual encounters with other men via the internet, and he had a long standing habit of doing that. The authorities took all that info straight off the Dr's own computers within 48 hours of him going missing...

Fiat_Lux 12/05/13 - 03:32 pm
MyFather15's got it right, again

It's always a risk meeting up with strangers selling something. It's also dangerous to have them show up at your house if you're selling something, although not usually quite as dangerous.

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