September 25-- A woman awaiting trial for murder was found dead in a church cemetery on Tuesday according to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office. Priscilla Riner Hooks’ body was found in a church cemetery off Highway 56 in Emanuel County. The investigation is ongoing by the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and officials have not ruled out suicide or foul play at this time.
Sheriff J. Tyson Stevens says investigators believe the 46-year-old woman was killed somewhere else and then brought to that location where many of her relatives are buried. Riner Hooks was on bond awaiting trial in connection with the shooting death of her estranged boyfriend Dustin Wilson. Orders from the judge in that case had her barred from Emanuel County except for court appearances. Her temporary residence had been in Bulloch County, where her vehicle and ankle monitor where found. Authorities do not believe she came to the cemetery on her own, no vehicles were found at the scene and as yet no weapons either.
Riner Hooks is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in June of 2018. A grand jury indicted Riner Hooks of multiple charges including malice murder, aggravated assault, felony murder, voluntary manslaughter and four counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Riner Hooks was granted a bond of $65,000 in July of 2018.