UPDATE| Family of convicted serial killer Reinaldo Rivera dispute his claim of innocence
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C.-- A convicted death row inmate in one killing but confessed to more now says he is innocent in the killings of two area woman sixteen years ago. That's according to new court documents filed this week. Reinaldo Rivera's attorneys filed an appeal saying he falsely confessed to the sexual assault and murder of Army Sgt. Marni Glista and the death of Tiffaney Wilson.
Every awful memory floods back with each word Kim Meek reads from the front page of the paper. "I remember her funeral being New Year's 2000," she said. It wasn't until she saw today's paper did Meek learn the man who confessed to killing her niece is now going back on his claim. "Anger and outraged, I want him to shut up for one thing," Meek said.
Reinaldo Rivera confused to killing Meek's niece, Tiffaney Wilson. He confessed to killing several young woman and sexually assaulting some of them in 2000. His attorneys claim he didn't kill her or Marni Glista, and falsely confessed. "Yeah this is a shock! He doesn't have the right to say he didn't kill her when he clearly confused in court that he did," Meek said.
Tiffaney Wilson was seventeen years old and a young mother when she died. Meek will never forget the day. Tiffaney left to take her infant daughter to get pictures made with Santa. "What we are told she walked out and he approached her and showed her some cash and said he could make her a model and that he wanted to take pictures of her," Meek recalled. Someone later found Tiffaney's baby at a rest stop. Investigators found Tiffaney's body days later. A surviving victim helped catch Riveria.
Rivera's ex-sister-in-law says Rivera has not gone back on those confessions. We reached out to his attorneys about that, but haven't heard back.
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A convicted serial killer who killed four women in Georgia and South Carolina and attacked a teen nearly 16 years ago is claiming he is innocent for the first time, but family says that is not the case.
In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, 52-year-old Reinaldo Rivera said he falsely confessed to the death of Army Sgt. Marni Glista in 2000, and of Tiffaney Wilson back in 1999.
Glista was found in her home unconscious back in 2000, and died days later in the hospital.
Rivera was accused of the crimes after a Richmond County 17-year-old he attacked and left for dead provided evidence that led to his arrest.
Rivera confessed in court to the killings of Glista and Wilson, the attack on the teenager, and also confessed to the rape and killing of 17-year-old Melisssa Dingess and 17-year-old Tabitha Bosdell.
Rivera's former sister-in-law Rennee' Hutto says, "Reinaldo has not changed his position nor has he claimed his innocence."
She also adds Rivera's lawyers have raised concerns over information they feel the court needs to hear.
Rivera was convicted in 2004 of the crimes and sentenced to death.