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Prison inmate charged in Greenbriar Trail murder
Second arrest made in death of Michael Anthony Riley
Tarell Momom

    A second suspect arrested Wednesday in the murder of a Statesboro man has been in prison since 1996.
    Statesboro police are not releasing details of how Tarell Momom, 34, was involved in the shooting death of Michael Anthony Riley, killed Sunday in his Greenbriar Trail home. According to Statesboro police, Momom is charged with murder.
    An autopsy conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab Monday revealed Riley was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was homicide, said Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch.
    Momom has been in prison since 1996 on charges of kidnapping and other serious crimes, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website (
    Police arrested the victim’s wife Tuesday. Antoinette Brady Riley, 48, Greenbriar Trail, is behind bars on felony murder charges, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner.
    Riley was found dead in his home when police arrived Sunday morning after Antoinette Riley called 911. Bulloch County 911 operators received the call around 6:50 a.m. Sunday regarding a "serious incident" that occurred, Turner said.
    Statesboro police records show both Michael Riley and Antoinette Riley were arrested in June, 2009, after officers responded to their home and learned they were involved in a physical domestic altercation. The arrest records were expunged later.
    “Momom is currently being housed at the Dooly State Prison in Unadilla, Georgia,” Turner said. “At this time the details of Momom’s involvement are not being released. This investigation is ongoing and information will be released as it is received.”
    Momom was convicted in Aug. 1996 regarding a July, 1995 incident in Newton County. He was convicted on several charges of terroristic threats and acts, aggravated assault, aggravated sodomy, as well as charges of cruelty to children, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
    He is currently serving a 20-year sentence for those convictions.
    The Bulloch County District Attorney Investigators, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Office are assisting the Statesboro Police Department in the investigation, Turner said.
    Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Det. Kevin Wadley at the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911, he said.
    Anonymous tips may be submitted to or sent as text (TIPSSPD, followed by your message) to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, he said.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.

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