South Georgia boxer Yathomas Riley has been charged with the murder of his wife, a local emergency room physician found shot in the head earlier this month inside the couple’s Leesburg home.
Authorities told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Riley has suggested that his wife committed suicide — a similar defense to the one that, three years ago, led to his acquittal on attempted murder charges in Florida.
“This is one of those cases where he’s essentially claiming that he has no knowledge of how she died,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Mike Walsingham said Tuesday. “And is pretty much indicating that she shot herself.”
According to information previously released by the GBI, Riley called 911 shortly after 8:30 a.m. on July 10 to report that he had found his wife, 34-year-old Dr. Lisa Marie Riley, unresponsive inside their Northampton Road home. Emergency medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene, and an autopsy later determined that she’d died of a gunshot wound to the head.