This booking photo provided on Oct 17, 2012 by the Richmond County (Ga.) Sheriff's office via The Augusta Chronicle shows Charles William Gorrell, of Sudlow Lake Road in Aiken, Ga. Gorrell was charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime following a shooting at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga., that left one person dead. He was placed in the Richmond County jail without bond. (AP Photo/Richmond County (Ga.) Sheriff's office via The Augusta Chronicle )
Sharbae Walker talks about a bulding lock down announced as she waited in the ICU at University Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in August, Ga. Authorities say one person is dead after a shooting at University Hospital in Augusta, and a suspect is in custody. The Augusta Chronicle reports the shooting occurred Tuesday on the seventh floor of the hospital. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Jon-Michael Sullivan)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A South Carolina man accused of fatally shooting a family member in an Augusta hospital room told a judge he thought he could get out of jail on bond to help his wife return home from the hospital.
The Augusta Chronicle reports that 85-year-old Charles William Gorrell told the judge that his wife is scheduled to be released from the hospital Friday after being treated for pneumonia.
Magistrate Judge Stephen Shepherd told Gorrell he didn’t have the authority to grant bond, and he would have to remain in the Richmond County Jail until a Superior Court judge could act.
Authorities say 59-year-old Tim Grooms was killed in a patient’s room in the hospital on Tuesday. Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles says Grooms is the nephew of Gorrell’s wife.
Information from: The Augusta Chronicle.