An Aiken County man has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder for allegedly shooting and killing a family member inside University Hospital in October.
Attorney William Sussman confirmed Friday that Charles Gorrell, of Sudlow Lake Road, entered the plea on charges of felony murder, malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Gorrell is out on bond.
Authorities have said Gorrell, 86, brought a pistol into his wife’s hospital room and shot his nephew, 59-year-old Tim Grooms, on Oct. 16.
A “long-standing dispute” apparently existed between Gorrell and Grooms, according to authorities.
Court and law enforcement officials in Augusta threw together a bond hearing on short notice in November, amid reports that a “gravely ill” Gorrell was released from the hospital and sent back into the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office custody at the detention center in Augusta.
A Superior Court judge denied Gorrell’s original request for bond in November.
The motion to reconsider Gorrell’s bond said his health had declined rapidly in the past month.
Detention center officials said at the bond hearing that their medical facilities are not capable of handling a patient with Gorrell’s needs.