Former pro boxer denied bond in wife's murder

Former pro boxer denied bond in wife's murder
Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lamb
Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lamb

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - A judge denied bond for accused murderer Yathomas Riley after investigators filed new charges in the death of Riley's wife.

The former professional boxer told deputies that his wife had committed suicide on July 10th, but investigators and prosecutors believe the evidence shows that's not true. A judge read the charges Tuesday in court.

"Yathomas Riley did commit the offense of malice murder," read Lee County Magistrate Judge Jim Thurman.

And a stoic Yathomas Riley listened.

"[He] caused the death of Lisa Marie Riley by shooting Lisa in the head with a firearm."

The Phoebe Putney doctor was found dead in her Lee County home on July 10th. Her husband's domestic violence history caused investigators to take a deeper look.

Riley was out on bond after being accused of holding a gun to his wife's head in June.

The investigation included numerous interviews and days of processing evidence, but that's not it.

"It's one that's covering significant ground outside of Lee county as well," said Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lamb.

That's because the 32-year old Miami native was previously charged with shooting his ex-girlfriend in Homestead, Florida. He told first-responders that she also tried to kill herself.

Those charges were dropped after Riley spent two years in jail.

"It's shocking to everybody," said boxing friend Jamaad Parker.

The fellow boxer and friend of Riley's is still asking for prayers as this legal process works itself out.

"Keep him prayed up. Pray for the baby, cause don't really know what's going to happen with the baby. Everything is up in the air," said Jamaad Parker.

For now, Riley remains in the Lee County jail waiting for a bond hearing in superior court. A preliminary hearing will be scheduled soon.

We reached out to Phoebe Putney for a response on the developments in Dr. Riley's death, and no one was willing to speak on the issue.

DFACS took their 9-month old baby from the home, and we're not sure where he is at this time.

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