Jail cell may be next for wounded suspect who returned to hospital

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:35 AM
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An Aiken County murder suspect who fled an Augusta hospital over the weekend, came back to the emergency room this morning and might soon be in a jail cell.

Aiken County Sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell said doctors are evaluating Terrence Riley, 40, of Columbia, to determine whether he can be released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital and sent to the Aiken County Detention Center.

Two deputies from Richmond and Aiken counties are now guarding Mr. Riley’s room, Capt. Elwell said this morning.

Mr. Riley was wounded in Aiken County Friday during a fatal home invasion in which he is a suspect.

He was struck in his leg, lower abdomen and chest, and at one point was listed in critical condition.

Police said Mr. Riley slipped out of the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics over the weekend while on a smoke break.

After about 24 hours of freedom, however, he returned to the hospital’s emergency room, where he was spotted about 2 a.m. today.

“An Aiken City police officer at the hospital on an unrelated accident recognized the suspect and contacted us,” Capt. Elwell said.

Mr. Riley will be charged with murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, first degree burglary and attempted armed robbery, Capt. Elwell said.

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Nammy3
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Nammy3 06/16/09 - 06:37 am
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ARREST that man!!!!! Guard

ARREST that man!!!!! Guard him too! 24/7!!

tdp
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tdp 06/16/09 - 06:46 am
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For God's sake, don't let him

For God's sake, don't let him get away this time!

Citizen_B
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Citizen_B 06/16/09 - 06:59 am
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If he wasn't already under

If he wasn't already under arrest, an escape charge can't be added. So, don't arrest him yet...Make him responsible for his own medical bills! Post officers at his door to follow his movements, and when he's discharged, then arrest him. It should be easy to get 'no bond' because of his attempt to flee the hospital.

Opinionated1234
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Opinionated1234 06/16/09 - 07:27 am
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I wonder what made him come

I wonder what made him come back, severe pain, perhaps?

pai
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pai 06/16/09 - 07:27 am
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Lord have mercy, don't let

Lord have mercy, don't let the man out for a smoke break!! If he was "well enough" to escape he's well enough to be in the big house!!

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 06/16/09 - 07:40 am
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This would make a great

This would make a great Keystone Cops episode!

Don KING
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Don KING 06/16/09 - 07:42 am
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Here's one time when global

Here's one time when global warming paid off...."It's hot out there man!"..... he had to come back to get some of that free taxpayer AC!

502.5
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502.5 06/16/09 - 07:50 am
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"fled" the hospital? Since

"fled" the hospital? Since when is a hospital a retention center that patients have to "flee" from? Aren't journalists supposed to be unbiased in reporting the facts anymore?

justsaying
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justsaying 06/16/09 - 07:50 am
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Let Andy watch him instead of

Let Andy watch him instead of Barney this time...

502.5
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502.5 06/16/09 - 07:52 am
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If law enforcement had been

If law enforcement had been doing its job, this patient/suspect would have been guarded inside and outside the hospital.

rufus
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rufus 06/16/09 - 07:55 am
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Taxpayers are going to pay

Taxpayers are going to pay for his medical expenses one way or the other. This turd is a parasite.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 06/16/09 - 08:23 am
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This story keeps on evolving

This story keeps on evolving doesn't it? I'm glad to know that Mr. Riley is (finally) under police supervision and will be charged with his crimes and is now off the streets. Steps should have been taken much earlier to ensure that just such an incident could not happen. I'll bet that all factions involved with his handling will be reviewing their procedures on how to deal future cases such as this.

g-dog express
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g-dog express 06/16/09 - 08:27 am
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Guess maybe the drugs in the

Guess maybe the drugs in the hospital were better than the ones on the street.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 06/16/09 - 08:30 am
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The officers that were not

The officers that were not guarding this man should be reprimanded or fired. Ridiculous.

AAQueen
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AAQueen 06/16/09 - 08:40 am
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Come on guys he only wanted

Come on guys he only wanted to party one last time. LOL Truefully if you was in this situation, not guarded, and know that you would soon be on trial for murder wouldn't you leave? He wasn't under arrest and until then he was free to leave. I know he knows the system so he just took advantage of their stupidity. I wouldn't have came back, by now I would have been in Alaska some where.

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What4 06/16/09 - 09:18 am
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Only in Disgusta!!

Only in Disgusta!!

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 06/16/09 - 09:30 am
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Dang he is still alive!!!

Dang he is still alive!!!

witness
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witness 06/16/09 - 09:42 am
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He had not been arrested

He had not been arrested because the South Carolina did not what to have to pay for his medical bill. If they had placed him under arrest, they would have been responsible for his medical bill but instead they are letting Georgia foot this criminal medical bill until he is ready to be discharged from the hospital and South Carolina did not want to spend the money on manpower to guard him either.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/16/09 - 10:06 am
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Posted by witness on Tue Jun

Posted by witness on Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:42 AM MCG needs to send the bill to Aiken!

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dannyshiba 06/16/09 - 10:07 am
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Unless I am completely

Unless I am completely mistaken, bringing this suspect back to South Carolina from Georgia requires an extradition hearing or a waiver of same by the suspect. If he was in a hospital in California, the ACSO couldn't simply put him on the next flight back to South Carolina. I hope that the ACSO doesn't undermine their case with a very simple procedural issue. They don't get to just drive him back and forth over State lines.

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coolandtough 06/16/09 - 10:07 am
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Well he's getting free

Well he's getting free medical attention either at the hospital or in the prison cell so I guess it doesn't really matter where he is.

AAQueen
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AAQueen 06/16/09 - 10:22 am
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They want to take him to jail

They want to take him to jail because they don't want to foot the bill of guarding him at the hospital. They need to WAIT until he's healed enough. They take him to jail and he dies of his wounds and 10 times what his medical bill would have been will be paid out to his family. i

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REDRIDER 06/16/09 - 10:24 am
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That was a whale of a Smoke

That was a whale of a Smoke Break 24 hours.

gutdawg
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gutdawg 06/16/09 - 10:33 am
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This man should not have been

This man should not have been in care in GA. in the first place. He was shot in SC, committed the crime in SC, and was a resident of SC. Take his sorry butt back to SC and let the SC taxpayers pay for his indigent care. This is really sticking it to the taxpayers of GA. I'm sure that there is a prison hospital somewhere in SC.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 06/16/09 - 10:36 am
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Posted by witness on Tue Jun

Posted by witness on Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:42 AM MCG needs to send the bill to Richmond County! Or Trey1874? (':

onlynaugusta
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onlynaugusta 06/16/09 - 11:25 am
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I want a job working for

I want a job working for MCG's security. It appears they get paid to do nothing. Why have security? I guess they are getting what they pay for!

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sugarbutton 06/16/09 - 11:28 am
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Yeah....and while they're

Yeah....and while they're guarding another criminal the rest of t hem are reeking havoc yet and still all over GA/Carolina. What's next?

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Tujeez1 06/16/09 - 12:39 pm
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Evidently according to rufus,

Evidently according to rufus, parasitic turds. Maybe that's why I can't go to the bathroom.

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Evans Ga. 06/16/09 - 01:16 pm
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Whomever let this guy go

Whomever let this guy go outside to have a smoke break should be fired. I take my daughter to MCG to have test done every other month and to think that we could have been there while this "So Called Murder Suspect" was running the halls makes me furious.

Send him back to SC and let them deal with him. They don't want to pay for the bill so they send him to MCG for us Georgian's to take care of.....how fair is this.

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gomer73 06/16/09 - 01:48 pm
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The following conversation

The following conversation should have taken place the 2nd go around with MCG:

Mr. Riley: "I need some help, I've been shot!"
MCG: "I'm sorry sir, looks like you've ran out on us once, you will have to wait another 24hrs before we can offer to patch you up again."

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