Authorities work to determine if SC man convicted of rape-murder, attack killed others

(Augusta, Georgia-AP) Jan. 28, 2004 - Investigators are looking into whether a South Carolina man sentenced to death for murdering an Augusta, Georgia, woman may have killed even more people.

Reinaldo Rivera is already accused of raping and killing three other people. Richmond County sheriff's homicide investigator Wayne Bunton says it doesn't make sense that Rivera would suddenly, in his 30s, become a serial killer.

Rivera was sentenced to death Monday after a jury found him guilty on 14 counts in the fatal attack on Fort Gordon soldier Sergeant Marni M. Glista and an assault on Chrisilee Barton.

Reinaldo Rivera of North Augusta showed no emotion when the Superior Court jury in Richmond County returned its verdict Monday after more than eight hours of deliberation. When Judge Albert Pickett asked him if he had anything to say, Rivera said only, "I'm sorry."

On Saturday, during the sentencing portion of his trial, the 40-year-old Rivera asked the jurors to sentence him to die. He told the jury that if he had the chance, he would likely kill again. He says he still fantasizes about hurting the same girls that he killed.

Rivera also has been charged in the deaths Tabitha L. Bosdell, 18, in Richmond County, Georgia; and Melissa Dingess, 17, and Tiffaney Wilson, 17, in Aiken County, South Carolina, in 1999.

posted 3:43pm by Chris Rees