‘Lies, deceit and cover-up’ in Rilya Wilson murder case, prosecutors say

Jan 22, 2013 - by - 0 Comments

Jan. 22, 2013 Miami Herald

A Kendall woman smothered foster child Rilya Wilson, disposed of the body and spun a web of “fanciful” tales over years to hide the murder, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

“Lies, deceit and cover-up,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Joshua Weintraub told jurors during closing arguments in the trial of caretaker Geralyn Graham.

The arguments come more than a decade after Rilya disappeared, a case that rocked the Florida Department of Children and Families, which did notice the girl was missing for 18 months. Authorities have never found Rilya’s body.

Graham, 67, is charged with aggravated child abuse, kidnapping and first-degree murder. Testimony in her trial began Nov. 26. She faces life in prison if convicted.

A grand jury indicted Graham in 2005 after a jailhouse witness, Robin Lunceford, told police that the woman tearfully confessed to smothering the child with a pillow and burying the body near water in South Miami-Dade.

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