Bond denied for suspect accused in Cecil Ridley's murder

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Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Bond was denied Monday for the man accused of killing Richmond County Sheriff's Office Investigator Cecil Ridley.

Alvin Hester, Jr. appeared in court Monday to answer for the murder charge against him.

Court was late to start after Hester was wheeled in via a wheelchair. He reportedly told court officials that he needed help to use the bathroom and needed water.

The judge called for an hour-long recess before Hester returned, complaining of pain and that he didn't remember anything that happened that night.

"All I know is I got shot in the back," Hester said to the judge.

Hester also claimed that he hadn't been given anything to drink, had not been bathed, and his wounds hadn't been changed.

The judge moved quickly to deny Hester's bond as the law enforcement community prepared to bury Ridley on Tuesday.

Ridley was performing a patrol last Tuesday night at an Augusta convenience store when he was shot, investigators say, by Hester.

Hester himself was wounded in the shooting and immediately hospitalized.

Ridley is set to be buried Tuesday following a funeral service at Warren Baptist Church.

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