Reinaldo Javier Rivera

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Reinaldo Javier Rivera



Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 4
Date of murder: July 1999 - September 2000
Date of birth: September 13, 1963 (Madrid, Spain)
Victims profile: Melissa Dingess, 17 / Tiffaney S. Wilson, 17 / Tabitha Bosdell, 17 / Sergeant Marni Glista, 21
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Georgia/South Carolina, USA
Status: Sentenced to death in Georgia on February 20, 2004




Police in Agusta, Georgia, believe they have arrested a serial killer responsible for the murders of at least four women in South Carolina and Georgia.

Reinaldo Rivera, a 37-year-old former sailor who worked for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C., was arrested in a motel room where he tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists after a woman whom he stabbed and raped helped authorities locate him. The woman said she went with Rivera to her house last week, where he allegedly raped her and stabbed her three times in the neck with a steak knife.

Since his arrest investigators said they have gotten about 30 calls from women who said they were approached by Rivera between 1999 and this year. The women, who are mostly young and blond, said the man tried to lure them into his car saying that he was opening a modeling agency and asking them about their sex lives.

Using information obtained during his police interview, authorities located the bodies of two of his four alleged victims in a wooden area in the South Carolina border. The two other victims had been located previously. Police said Rivera has been charged with the murders of Melissa Dingess, 17, of Graniteville, South Carolina, who disappeared 15 months ago; Fort Gordon Sergeant Marni Glista, 21, of Augusta, who was raped and strangled last month; Tiffaney Wilson of Jackson, South Carolina, who was killed last December; and an unidentified 18-year-old woman who disappeared during the summer.

A homicide task force in Fayetteville is also checking whether Rivera could be a suspect in 15 unsolved cases in the area. Six cases involve the murder of prostitutes in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area between 1987 and 1999. Almost all the victims were beaten and strangled to death, police said.

Born in Madrid, Spain, Rivera moved with his family to Puerto Rico at the age of 7. His father was a doctor. At 19, Rivera joined the Navy and reported for basic training in Orlando, Florida. That same year, he was sent to San Diego, California and spent the next three years at sea. From December 1986 to March 1991, Rivera worked for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. Then he attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, earning a degree in office administration. While in Columbia, he married Tammy Lisa Bonnette on Valentine's Day 1993, and has two children ages 5 and 7. He remained in the Navy, moving to Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, before being discharged in September 1995. He left Texas and settled in Aiken County, South Carolina, in January 1998 where he was hired -- ironically -- as a tire inspector at a Bridgestone/Firestone plant.

On October 18 the Agusta Journal published a handwritten letter from his wife Tammy expressing her faith in God and her grief over the deaths of four young women her husband raped and murdered. Here's a transcript of the letter:

"We want to express our deepest sympathy for all the victims and their families. We have been praying and continue to pray for the families and all that are involved. God is the only one that is going to get us (through) this. In reading about the victims I prayed to God that the person committing these horrible acts would be apprehended, not knowing it was my own husband. We believe God did not allow him to die in the motel room for at least (two) reasons; one so that the unsolved cases could be solved and two that total justice can be served. We could never adequately express our grief and tremendous sorrow we feel in our hearts toward you that have gone (through) the loss of your precious loved ones. My life is shattered and I just ask that the community have compassion not so much for me but for my two small children who are victims also. We have asked God over and over Why? How could this have happened? We just do not have the answers and probably never will. Our family, church, close friends, and even people from the community that we have never met (have) been a comforting support, but above all God (has been). We have been cooperating fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. To the families again our deepest sympathy."

Tammy Rivera & family

On November 3 Rivera entered not guilty pleas to a capital murder charge and 13 other charges including rape, aggravated assault and aggravated sodomy. Rivera stood completely still in Richmond County Superior Court as Judge Albert M. Pickett read through each of the 14 charges lodged against him, including a murder charge for the September 9 death of Marni Glista. The arraignment and initial hearing in Richmond County Superior Court were the first of the specialized pretrial hearings that must be held in every case in which prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.

Jury finds Rivera guilty on all counts

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Mr. Rivera expressed outrage that his Richmond County Superior Court death penalty trial would continue to a sentencing phase today.

But the trial must continue because the jury that determined he is a rapist and murderer must now determine his punishment for killing Army Sgt. Marni Glista.

"This is a joke. This is a circus here," Mr. Rivera, 40, railed Friday afternoon in Richmond County Superior Court, where less than an hour earlier, the jury rejected the defense's plea for a guilty but mentally ill verdict after nearly three hours of deliberations.

On each of the 14 counts in the indictment, the jury wrote not just "guilty," but "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."

Mr. Rivera faces a death sentence or a sentence of life in prison with or without the possibility of parole for killing the 21-year-old soldier.

"This trial must go forward," Judge Albert M. Pickett told Mr. Rivera.

During a series of questions and answers while the jury waited in the deliberation room, Judge Pickett once again told Mr. Rivera that he had the right to testify, to be his own co-counsel and to tell the jury he wanted a death sentence.

Judge Pickett said Mr. Rivera has the right to make an opening statement to the jury this morning and skip the remainder of his trial. But he cannot prevent his defense attorneys Peter Johnson and Jacque Hawk from presenting evidence to persuade the jury to impose a sentence of life, the judge said.

"I'm really confused about what I'm supposed to do," Mr. Hawk told the judge. As an attorney, his duty is to act in a client's best interest, but there's the duty also to follow the client's wishes, he said.

Mr. Rivera said he will make his statement to the jury and then return to his jail cell for the remainder of his trial.

What he really wants, Mr. Rivera told the judge, is to tell the jury what a liar District Attorney Danny Craig is. At the beginning, middle and end of the day's proceedings, Mr. Rivera ranted about the closing arguments Mr. Craig made Thursday.

In statements to investigators and in testimony before the jury this week, Mr. Rivera described himself as a sex addict, a man living a double life with a bad side that led him to repeated attempts to deceive women with a phony story about being a professional photographer. He confessed he raped and killed Sgt. Glista in September 2000, killed three other woman and tried to kill one last victim.

But Mr. Craig argued to jurors that they shouldn't believe everything that comes out of the mouth of the man doctors described as a sadistic psychopath. Instead of a sex addict who seduced women with promises of modeling, Mr. Craig described Mr. Rivera as a murderous rapist who stalked and abducted each of the four homicide victims.

Mr. Rivera bitterly complained about Mr. Craig's interpretation of the evidence, and about Mr. Craig's seeking an indictment against him in Columbia County in the death of 17-year-old Tabitha Bosdell, even though he has repeatedly said he killed the teenager in Richmond County on June 29, 2000.

"If he can't kill me in Richmond County he thinks he can kill me in Columbia County. He wants a second shot at me," Mr. Rivera complained to the judge.

Murder charges, Mr. Craig has explained since obtaining the indictments against Mr. Rivera in both counties, are lodged in the county where a body is found.

Mr. Rivera's desire to "get it over with" probably won't be granted anytime soon. Mr. Craig has said that regardless of the sentence imposed in Richmond County, he also will try Mr. Rivera in Columbia County.

South Carolina 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan has said she will try Mr. Rivera in Aiken County in the sexual assaults and slayings of Melissa Dingess, 17, and Tiffaney S. Wilson, 17. The teenagers disappeared in July and December 1999.

In Richmond County, Mr. Rivera will be sentenced by the jury for the murder of Sgt. Glista and for his October 2000 attack on Chrisilee Barton.

Judge Pickett will have to impose sentences for the remaining guilty verdicts returned by the jury Friday - three counts of rape, four counts of aggravated sodomy, four counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of burglary and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Death Penalty Rules

Georgia law strictly governs how death penalty trials are conducted.The law requires the trial to be conducted in two phases:

During the first, a jury is restricted to considering only the guilt or innocence of the accused.

If the jury convicts, a second phase, the penalty phase, takes place. Attorneys again make opening and closing statements and present evidence. At the end, the jury is asked to decide punishment - life in prison with or without the possibility of parole, or death.

Sentencing

To impose death or life in prison without parole, the jury must find the prosecutor has proven at least one of the state's statutory aggravating factors beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict must be unanimous.

Jury gives Rivera death

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Reinaldo Rivera got what he asked for.

After nearly eight hours of deliberations on his sentence, a Richmond County Superior Court jury found Mr. Rivera should die for the brutal killing of Army Sgt. Marni Glista.

Immediately after the 12 jurors were asked if that was their individual verdicts, and they responded yes, Judge Albert M. Pickett officially imposed the death sentence and set Mr. Rivera's execution date for between March 3 and 9.

An appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court is automatic.

Given one last chance to make a statement before Judge Pickett imposed the sentence, Mr. Rivera - who had repeatedly given long speeches during the three-week trial - had one short statement.

"I'm sorry."

For the families of Sgt. Glista and the other three women Mr. Rivera confessed to killing, Monday night's verdict was an emotional release.

"I've waited for 3 1/2 years for this and I am just so thankful that the jurors saw to it to bring justice," said Gloria Perius, Sgt. Glista's mother who traveled from Seattle to attend the trial with her sister, daughter and husband.

To sentence Mr. Rivera to death, jurors must find prosecutors have proven beyond a reasonable doubt at least one of three aggravating circumstances: that Mr. Rivera caused Sgt. Glista's death in conjunction with her rape; that Mr. Rivera murdered Sgt. Glista while committing aggravated battery; and Sgt. Glista's slaying was outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhuman. The jurors found all three.

Mr. Rivera admitted to killing Sgt. Glista in September 2000; Tabitha Bosdell, 17, on June 29, 2000; Tiffaney S. Wilson, 17, on Dec. 4, 1999; and Melissa Dingess, 17, on July 17, 1999, and the sexual assault of Chrisilee Barton that nearly proved fatal Oct. 10, 2000.

Rivera gets long term

Tempers flare; judge gives maximum penalty

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Reinaldo Rivera, already under a death sentence for murder, was sentenced Thursday to seven life sentences plus 105 years in prison for all of his other Augusta crimes.

Before Judge Albert M. Pickett imposed the maximum punishment possible for crimes related to the rapes of three women, two of whom were slain afterward, tempers flared as Mr. Rivera's defense attorneys attempted to present motions over his objections and the judge berated them for trying.

"There's nothing I have against my attorneys. They're excellent attorneys," Mr. Rivera said of Peter Johnson and Jacque Hawk, whom he asked the judge to restrain from filing motions on his behalf.

Mr. Rivera, 40, has insisted, even to the Richmond County Superior Court jury that convicted him, that he wanted death. A jury unanimously voted for death after finding that Mr. Rivera murdered 21-year-old Army Sgt. Marni Glista.

"I think he's mentally ill," Mr. Johnson said of his client and asked the judge to let him and Mr. Hawk present the motions challenging the constitutionality of Georgia's method of execution.

As Mr. Johnson continued his argument that the defense case proved Mr. Rivera mentally ill if not by the legal standard, the father of one of Mr. Rivera's victims stood up and was removed from the courtroom.

Mr. Hawk argued that if Mr. Rivera wants the state to put him to death, then at least it should be done in a humane manner.

The lethal injection procedure Georgia uses has been banned in 19 states as inhumane euthanasia for animals, Mr. Hawk said.

But Judge Pickett said the attorneys had to have known that information was developing and should have given him notice.

Perhaps, Mr. Johnson said, Mr. Rivera had received ineffective assistance of counsel.

"Oh, that's sweet. That's bootstrap," Judge Pickett responded to Mr. Johnson's reference to ineffective assistance, a reason cited by appeal courts to reverse convictions.

Judge Pickett rejected the motions to find the death penalty unconstitutional.

Asked if he had anything to say before sentence was imposed, Mr. Johnson responded that speculation Mr. Rivera might have killed more than four women was false.

"There's nobody else," Mr. Rivera said.

For the Sept. 4, 2000, attack on Sgt. Glista, Judge Pickett sentenced Mr. Rivera to life for rape, life for each of two counts of aggravated sodomy, and 20 years for aggravated assault.

For the June 29, 2000, attack on Tabitha L. Bosdell in Augusta, Judge Pickett sentenced Mr. Rivera to life for rape, life for aggravated sodomy and 20 years for aggravated assault. After his arrest, Mr. Rivera led investigators to Columbia County to find the body of the 17-year-old foster child.

For the Oct. 10, 2000, attack on Chrisilee Barton, who was 18 at the time, Judge Pickett sentenced Mr. Rivera to life for rape, life for aggravated sodomy, 20 years for burglary, 20 years for each of two counts of aggravated assault, and five years for possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

The death sentence and prison sentences are to be consecutive, Judge Pickett ruled.

In all, a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Mr. Rivera of 14 crimes related to the attacks Jan. 23.

Richmond County is finished with Mr. Rivera, but he still faces charges in Columbia County for Ms. Bosdell's slaying, and in Aiken County, where he is accused of raping and killing two 17-year-olds - Melissa Dingess and Tiffaney S. Wilson, who disappeared in July and December 1999.

District Attorney Danny Craig said Thursday he will try Mr. Rivera in Columbia County on capital murder charges in Ms. Bosdell's death, possibly this summer or fall.

Mr. Rivera might also face capital murder trials in Aiken County in Mrs. Dingess and Mrs. Wilson's deaths.

Rivera's attorneys try to get killer new trial

January 10, 2006

Convicted serial killer Reinaldo Rivera returned to Augusta from Georgia's death row for a hearing Monday.

Almost two years have passed since a Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Mr. Rivera of murder and sentenced him to death. He was back in court to attend a hearing on a motion for a new trial, the first step in the appeal process.

As he has on numerous occasions, Mr. Rivera objected to any appeal work on his behalf. On Monday, his objections started before defense attorney Peter Johnson could finish speaking a complete sentence.

Senior Judge Albert M. Pickett explained to Mr. Rivera that the law mandates the completion of a motion for a new trial and appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.

"The law insists on the clarification of your conviction," he said. "It's truly bigger than you."

After hearing arguments, the judge gave attorneys two weeks to file written arguments. He did not indicate when he might issue a ruling.

Mr. Rivera confessed that he raped and murdered four women and attempted to kill a fifth before he was arrested. However, he has only been tried for the brutal slaying of Army Sgt. Marni Glista and the sexual assaults of two other women.

Sgt. Glista, 21, was attacked inside her west Augusta home Sept. 4, 2000. She died several days later when life support was disconnected.

Over Mr. Rivera's objection Monday, Mr. Johnson and attorney Jacque Hawk argued that several errors occurred during Mr. Rivera's trial.

Among those alleged errors was the judge's ruling to allow prosecutors to present evidence of the South Carolina killings of Melissa Dingess and Tiffaney Wilson, and the Columbia County slaying of Tabitha Bosdell. Each girl was 17.

Mr. Johnson also contended that the judge improperly allowed Mr. Rivera to serve as his own attorney. It seriously hampered the defense, Mr. Johnson said.

"When I tell people about this trial, I say the defense fought with the court, the defense fought with the district attorney, and the defense fought with Reinaldo Rivera," he said.

District Attorney Danny Craig countered the defense's allegations, saying many of the issues were dealt with properly before the trial began.

Mr. Rivera had the right, as every defendant does, to represent himself, Mr. Craig said.

"This defendant got pretty much whatever he wanted," he said. The problem was he kept changing his mind, Mr. Craig said.




Reinaldo J. Rivera



Police found rape and stabbing suspect Reinaldo J. Rivera, inside Rainbow Terrace Motel in Clearwater
with his wrists slashed. He was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for treatment.
(RON COCKERILLE/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)






Orangelee Barton (right) listens as her daughter Chrisilee describes her rape and near death.
Ms. Barton said her attacker stabbed her three times in the throat, apparently with a steak
knife he found in the home she shares with her mom off Peach Orchard Road.
(JONATHAN ERNST/
Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Chrisilee Barton met her attacker in the parking lot of the Huddle House at Interstate 20
at Exit 5 near Belvedere, S.C.
(JONATHAN ERNST/
Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Marni Glista



Spc. Maryorie Arroyo, a friend of slain Sgt. Marni Glista, pauses while paying tribute to her during
a memorial in Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon. The service was attended by Sgt. Glista's family
and hundreds of soldiers from the 297th Batallion.
(CHRIS THELEN/
Augusta Chronicle STAFF)



Tabitha Leigh Bosdell



Wearing gloves and using brown paper evidence bags, Columbia County investigators collect evidence and
skeletal remains found near Pumpkin Center. Officials said the remains are of Tabitha Leigh Bosdell.




Jessica Bosdell, 16, is slaying victim Tabitha Leigh Bosdell's younger sister.
The two were living with a foster family when Miss Bosdell disappeared in June.
(JEFF JANOWSKI/
Augusta Chronicle STAFF)



Tiffaney Wilson's body was found by two bow hunters in a heavily wooded area.



A missing-person sign for Tiffaney Wilson is in the window of the Winn Dixie on
South Carolina Highway 25 where her car was found.




Chrisilee Barton's details helped the police create this sketch that led to the eventual capture of Rivera.



Tiffaney Shereese Wilson lived in North Augusta with her husband, Joshua, and their daughter, Kaitlyn.
Mrs. Wilson was killed in December, and her body was found in a wooded area of Aiken County.




Joshua Wilson has a moment alone to pay his last respects to his wife, Tiffaney.
(RON COCKERILE/
Augusta Chronicle STAFF)



The skeletal remains of Melissa Faye Dingess, 17, are discovered by Aiken County investigators
near the westbound side of Interstate 20 between the 7- and 8-mile markers. The Graniteville
teen was last seen July 17, 1999, using a pay phone with an unidentified woman outside
Graniteville Cafe on Ascauga Lake Road.




The area where Mrs. Wilson's body was found off of Kyle Road in Graniteville was littered
with debris, including duct tape, and empty condom package and a used condom.
(RON COCKERILE/
Augusta Chronicle STAFF)



Tiffaney Shereese Wilson, 17 (right) and Joshua Wilson.



Reinaldo J. Rivera, mug shot
 

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James Bosdell, Jr. and Sheryl Bosdell talk with the press following a memorial service for
their daughter Tabatha, seen at right, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home. Mrs. Bosdell said she
wants suspected killer Reinaldo J. Rivera to die slowly.
(MICHAEL HOLAHAN/
Augusta Chronicle STAFF)





Richmond County Investigator Wayne Bunton.
(JEFF JANOWSKI/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Reinaldo J. Rivera when he was with the U.S. Navy



Reinaldo Rivera at his extradition hearing.
(JONATHAN ERNST/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Reinaldo Rivera, who is charged with 4 murders in Georgia and South Carolina, appeared in front of
Judge H. Scott Allen in civil court at the Law Enforcement Center to face extradition to South Carolina.
(JONATHAN ERNST/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Reinaldo J. Rivera appeared in a Richmond County court to face charges, including rape,
sodomy, assault and murder.
(JONATHAN ERNST/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Reinaldo J. Rivera has his hands cuffed by a sheriff's deputy following his hearing at the Law Enforcement
Center, during which he pleaded not guilty to all of the charges filed against him in Richmond County.
(JONATHAN ERNST/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Judge Albert M. Pickett reads the long list of charges Richmond County has brought
against Reinaldo J. Rivera to him in a hearing at the Law Enforcement Center.
(JONATHAN ERNST/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)




Jason Glista (left), the husband of Marni Glista, and Richmond County DA's office Victim Assistance coordinator
Sheila Stahl (right) talked before the arraignment hearing for Reinaldo Rivera at the Law Enforcement Center.
(JONATHAN ERNST/Augusta Chronicle STAFF)





Richmond County officers Sgt. Robert West (from left), Sgt. Walker Ashley and Deputy Corey
Taylor escort Reinaldo Rivera into the courtroom for his preliminary hearing.
 

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The trial





1/12/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera smiles during jury selection for Rivera's death penalty case in Augusta
Richmond County Superior Court at the Municipal Building on Monday, January 12, 2004.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)




1/12/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera, left, is escorted from the courtroom by deputies after jury selection for
Rivera's death penalty case in Augusta Richmond County Superior Court at the Municipal Building on Monday.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/12/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera (right) talks with his lawyers Peter Johnson (left)
and Jacque Hawk during jury selection.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/13/04 Jessica Bosdell, the sister of victim Tabitha Bosdell, becomes emotional as she is questioned
by Assistant District Attorney Ashley Wright during the first day of the death penalty case against
Reinaldo Rivera in Augusta Richmond County Superior Court at the Municipal Building.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/13/04 Victim Tabitha Bosdell (right) is pictured holding her neice as Assistant District Attorney Ashley
Wright (left) questions Bosdell's sister, Jessica Bosdell, during the first day of the death
penalty case against Reinaldo Rivera.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/13/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera becomes emotional while his defense attorney Jacque Hawk
outlines his history in his opening arguements during the first day of the death penalty case.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/14/04 Chrisilee Barton becomes emotional during the testimony of her attack
by Reinaldo Rivera during the proceeding of his death penalty case.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/14/04 Chrisilee Barton shows the scars on her neck to the jury during testimony of her attack
by Reinaldo Rivera during the proceeding of his death penalty case.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/14/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera becomes emotional as he finishes listening to one of his victims,
Chrisilee Barton, testify during the proceeding of his death penalty case. After a short recess,
Rivera waived his attorney's right to cross examine Barton.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)




1/15/04 Assistant District Attorney Ashley Wright displays a artists sketch that was used to identify Reinaldo
Rivera after his attack on Chrisilee Barton as she questions a witness during the death penalty case.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)




1/15/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera wipes his face as he becomes emotional as one
of his former co-workers, Brad Carter, testifies for the prosecution.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/15/04 Defense attorneys Peter Johnson (left) and Jacque Hawk wear listening aids to listen
to the taped confession of Reinaldo Rivera as it is played during the death penalty case.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/15/04 The defendant's ex-wife, Tammy Rivera, gives her testimony.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/16/04 Forensic expert Dr. Joel Sexton gives his testimony about the autopsy of victim
Melissa Dingess during the morning session of the death penalty case.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/16/04 Investigator Richard Roundtree of the Richmond County Sheriffs Department gives his testimony.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/16/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera reacts to proceedings.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/16/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera stands up in court to request that their not be a mistrial
after his attorney Peter Johnson requested a mistrial during the afternoon session.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/16/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera buries his face in his hands as he reacts as the tape
of his confession to Aiken County authorities is played during the afternoon session.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)
 

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1/16/04 Witness Josh Wilson, former husband of victim Tiffany Wilson, testifies during the afternoon session.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/16/04 Witness Wayne Bunton, former Richmond County Investigator.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)




1/19/04 Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Thomas Sachy of Georgia Pain and Behavorial Medicine talks
about the frontal lobe of the human brain during his testimony in an evidence hearing.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)




1/19/04 Dr. David Hess, Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia,
gives his testimony in an evidence hearing before the start of the defense's case.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/19/04 An MRI shows the brain of defendant Reinaldo Rivera, below, in contrast to an MRI
of a normal brain, above, as Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Thomas Sachy (not pictured) of
Georgia Pain and Behavorial Medicine gives his testimony in an evidence hearing.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/19/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera (left) listens to testimony in an evidence hearing.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)
 

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The trial




1/20/04 Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Thomas Sachy of Georgia Pain and Behavorial Medicine gives his testimony.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/20/04 Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Thomas Sachy of Georgia Pain and Behavorial Medicine points
out the brain atrophy of Reinaldo Rivera as shown on his MRI.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



A three dimensional model of the brain activity of Reinaldo Rivera as taken from the information
made from his PET scan as neuropsychiatrist Dr. Thomas Sachy of Georgia Pain and Behavorial
Medicine gives his testimony during the death penalty case. Brain activity is measured by glucose
consumption and the area of the frontal lobe in Rivera's brain shows a lack of that consumption.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/20/04 Forensic psychologist Marc Einhorn gives his testimony for the defense.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/21/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera wipes his eye during testimony from the witness stand
in his death penalty case on Wednesday, January 21, 2004.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/21/04 District Attorney Danny Craig (left) talks with District Attorney Investigator Alfonzo Williams
after a short recess during the testimony of defendant Reinaldo Rivera.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/21/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera gives his testimony from the witness stand.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/22/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera listens to witnesses speak.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/22/04 Dr. Hadyn Williams, Chief of Nuclear Medicine at MCG, answers questions from the defense.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/22/04 Dr. David Hess, Chairman of the Department of Neurology at MCG, talks about Reinaldo Rivera's
brain activity while answering questions from the defense as Judge Albert Pickett listens.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/22/04 Peter Johnson, who represents Reinaldo Rivera, speaks to the jury Thursday during his closing argument.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/22/04 District Attorney Danny Craig speaks to the jury Thursday during his closing argument.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/22/04 Reinaldo Rivera listens to District Attorney Danny Craig's closing argument.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/22/04 Reinaldo Rivera is ordered to sit down by baillifs Thursday after he blew up in response
to District Attorney Danny Craig's closing argument.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/24/04 Gloria Perius, the mother of Sgt. Marni Glista, who was one of Reinaldo Rivera's victims,
begins to cry Saturday in Richmond County Superior Court as she talks about the murder
of her daughter and the impact it has had on her family.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/24/04 Gloria Rivera, the sister of Reinaldo Rivera talks about her brother's childhood Saturday
during the sentencing phase of his death penalty trial in Richmond County Superior Court.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/24/04 Reinaldo Rivera speaks in Richmond County Superior Court Saturday during the sentencing
phase in his death penalty trial. While on the stand Mr. Rivera accused the prosecution of
lying during the trial and also asked the jury to give him the death penalty.
(Chris Thelen/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



01/26/04 Reninaldo Rivera's defense attorney Jacque Hawk gives his closing arguements to the jury Monday.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



01/26/04 Judge Albert Pickett rules on an objection by District Attroney Danny Craig
during the death penalty trial against Reinaldo Rivera, Monday.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



1/26/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera reacts to receiving the death penalty
from the jury for the murder of Marni Glista.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)
 

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01/26/04 Defendant Reinaldo Rivera blows a kiss back to his mother after the jury gave him the death penalty.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



01/26/04 Wendy Knopp (from left) hugs her father Art Perius and mother Gloria Perius, the sister
and parents of murder victim Marni Glista, after the jury rendered a death penalty verdict.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



01/26/04 Wendy Knopp (right), the sister of murder victim Marni Glista, hugs Jason Glista,
the widowed husband of Marni Glista, after the jury rendered a death penalty verdict.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



01/26/04 Sharon Courtney, the aunt of victim Chrisilee Barton, reacts after
the jury rendered a death penalty verdict.
(Andrew Davis Tucker/Augusta Chronicle Staff)



Reinaldo J. Rivera



Reinaldo Rivera on Georgia death row
 
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