LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Yathomas Riley, who is facing murder charges stemming from his wife Lisa Riley's death last July, will remain behind bars, until his trial starts. A superior court judge denied bond and delayed a decision to set a trial date in the case of a former professional boxer charged with killing his wife.
Yathomas Riley twice blurted out his innocence in open court against the judge's advice. He was twice scolded by Judge James Sizemore to speak through his attorney.
The state outlined several reasons that Riley should not get a bond, Namely his prior arrests and risks of fleeing to Florida. "He's from Miami. He's got an ex-wife and a son in California. The state is concerned that facing the charges he faces, he would be a risk of flight," said Chief ADA Lewis Lamb.
Riley has been in custody since his Lisa Riley's death last July. He originally told authorities that his wife killed herself but they took him into custody on a bond revocation, And immediately started investigating.
The murder charges came a week later. The judge delayed a decision on trial but did say it will be in April or June. "I think it will be a lengthy case. I think it'll take a couple of weeks to try," Lamb said.
Assistant DA Lewis Lamb is running for judge, but says that does not interfere with his ability to prosecute Riley. "That's not my concern right now. My concern right now is doing this job as well as I can do this job," said Lamb.
Riley will remain in jail until that trial. He wants an April trial but his attorney says he would be better prepared in June. The state will take all plea offers off the table on April 13th.
The judge is expected soon to decide when to set that trial. The state hopes to hold a preliminary hearing on April 13th.
Lisa Riley's body was found in their home, after she had been shot in the head.
In May of 2015, Riley was arrested for shooting at rafters floating on a river. The charge was initially a misdemeanor gun charge, but they were just upgraded to felony aggravated assault.
Riley's other aggravated assault charges are related to an incident in June at his home where he allegedly placed a gun to his late wife's head. After he posted bond following the June incident, things took a devastating turn on July 10th.
Yathomas Riley called 911 and told dispatchers claimed that he walked in on his wife after she committed suicide. Authorities believed that to be untrue and resorted to murder warrants after a week-long investigation.
Following the third incident, Riley was also indicted on felony murder charges, malice murder charges, and cruelty to children.
Assistant district Attorney Lewis Lamb says all three cases will be tried together.
"It's a series of transactions involving him and firearms or a series of events involving him and the use of firearms and that's why we charged it in a single indictment," said Lamb. "It's going to be a relatively lengthy and complicated case to present."
Florida prosecutors dropped attempted murder charges against Riley in 2012 after his then-girlfriend was shot. Riley had also claimed that that woman shot herself.