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Initial attempt to dismiss serial killer's appeal falls short

Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:45 PM
Last updated Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:49 AM
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The state’s initial assault on the final appeal filed by convicted serial killer Reinaldo Rivera has proved unsuccessful.

Attorneys at the Georgia attorney general’s office filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss Rivera’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Such a writ orders a person in custody to be brought before a court.

The attorneys contend that Rivera missed a one-year deadline to appeal the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling that affirmed his 2004 conviction and death sentence.

In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall wrote that Rivera had not missed the deadline because an attorney filed a state habeas corpus petition for him, even though Rivera wrote to the court that he was abandoning all appeals.

Rivera’s case has continued to be appealed since his January 2004 conviction and death sentence for the rape and murder of 21-year-old Army Sgt. Marni Glista.

Although Rivera stood trial only for Glista’s death on Sept. 9, 2000, he confessed to the rapes and slayings of Melissa Dingess on July 17, 1999; Tiffany S. Wilson on Dec. 4, 1999; and Tabitha Bosdell on June 29, 2000. The victims were 17 when they crossed Rivera’s path.

An Augusta 18-year-old was to be Rivera’s fifth victim on Oct. 10, 2000, but she survived the sexual assault, strangulation and stabbing.

Rivera confessed to the crimes and led sheriff’s investigators to the remains of Dingess in Aiken County and Bosdell in Columbia County.

He contended from the time of his arrest that he expected a death sentence. He insisted on telling the jurors – over his attorneys’ objections – that he wanted a death sentence. He vowed to abandon any appeal after the mandatory appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, but his appeals continued.

Rivera’s federal habeas corpus petition was filed in September.

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Pops
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Pops 07/17/14 - 05:12 pm
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Would someone in authority

please see to it that it is executed.....

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/17/14 - 05:31 pm
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Judges......I hate them. They

Judges......I hate them. They are wrong more often than they are right and NONE of them have the interests of dispensing JUSTICE and protect law abiding citizens at heart. They are all about perceived, even made up, technicalities and playing lawyer games.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/17/14 - 05:33 pm
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Do the state of South

Do the state of South Carolina and the state of Georgia a huge favor and execute that evil, depraved scum!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/17/14 - 06:12 pm
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lowyers
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are absolutely disgusting and useless excuses for human beings. This piece of mad hyena dung should have been put out of our misery in January of 2004.

jmo
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jmo 07/17/14 - 06:34 pm
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What is wrong....

with our justice system? This a..h... was convicted of one murder and rape and "confessed" to three others. What do you have to do to get the happy needle (should be electric chair)? He should have been a skeleton long ago.

my.voice
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my.voice 07/17/14 - 09:38 pm
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Put a needle in his arm and

Put a needle in his arm and end this game. Dang.

KSL
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KSL 07/17/14 - 10:41 pm
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It is a travesty that people

It is a travesty that people sentenced to death get to drag out the execution of the sentence for decades, no pun intended.

Introductory criminology used to teach that "swift and certain punishment" is a deterrent. I have no idea what is being taught now.

The man asked for the death penalty, but hie lawyer(s) had found a cash cow they could milk the taxpayers for decades.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/18/14 - 05:00 am
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They think he had more

They think he had more victims than that.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/18/14 - 05:10 am
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lawyers

Its the lawyers that are keeping this appeals process going. I would like to know how much taxpayer money has been spent on this slimeball, and the names of the lawyers who received it. This would be a good assignment for an Augusta Chronicle reporter.

to tell the truth1
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to tell the truth1 07/18/14 - 01:14 pm
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More Victims

I think you are right about that Corgi. I can remember the little boy in the North Augusta park that they found murdered, he didn't get charged with that one but I thought it was evidence against him, unless they pleaded that one. Correct me if I am wrong, or was this another convict's doing?

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