Jury selection for the trial of two men accused of committing a "hit-style" murder was postponed Monday when a Bulloch County Superior Court judge moved to turn the case over to another judge.
Tarrell Momon, 35, was an inmate in Dooly State Prison in Unadilla when Michael Anthony Riley, 51, was shot and killed June 30 at his Greenbriar Trail home in Statesboro.
Terrance Ray Griswould, 29, of Augusta, also charged with murder in connection with Riley's death. Jury selection was tentatively set for Wednesday, with a trial date of Sept. 22, but jury selection now has been postponed until Nov. 13.
Citing a conflict with another trial, Bulloch County Superior Court Judge Gates Peed stated that he would have his staff ask the district court administrator to assign the case to a senior judge before jury selection.
Momon, whose surname previously was reported incorrectly as "Momom," as it was listed in court and police documents, arrived Monday in court shackled and handcuffed, flanked by two guards from the Correctional Emergency Response Team. As he approached the bench, Bulloch County sheriff's deputies stepped forward as well as added protection. In prior hearings, Momon was identified by a local attorney as being a member of the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples.
According to previous testimony by Riley's wife, Antoinette Braddy Riley, 49, of Greenbriar Trail, and her daughter Katrina Denise Ledford, 30, of Davisboro, each of whom pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year in connection with the case, Momon was in prison at the time he orchestrated the hit-style shooting of Michael Riley.
Ledford, a former prison guard, met Momon at work and later was fired for her romantic involvement with him. She was banned from visiting inmates but used another person's pass code to visit him in Dooly State prison after he was transferred from Washington State Prison, where she originally met him.
According to previous testimony, Ledford introduced her mother to Momon, and the three began planning Michael Riley's murder.
Another man charged in the murder was shot and killed in August 2013 when he reported to his Augusta probation office, where officers were waiting to arrest him on murder charges.
Berrian pulled a gun and shot a probation officer, who, along with others, returned fire, killing Berrian.
Peed said jury selection for another Bulloch County murder is slated for Nov. 13 as well.
James Jeffrey Stubbs, 52, of B. Stubbs Road, is in jail on charges he shot Keith Wesley Brannen, 43, in April.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.