Geralyn Graham to go to trial in March

It looks like Geralyn Graham is finally, finally, finally going to trial for the murder of Rilya Wilson, the child she was fostering, who disappeared in 2001. Rilya’s case was catastrophic bad press for Florida’s Department of Children and Families; she was missing for over a year before DCF caseworkers noticed.

The trial date is March 26.

4 thoughts on “Geralyn Graham to go to trial in March

  1. schmoopy November 23, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    I’m afraid this may turn out just like the Lee Evans case you were just blogging about.

    Juries are less inclined to convict on circumstantial evidence these days, even though circumstantial evidence can often be stronger than physical evidence.

    They call it the CSI effect and unfortunately it certainly does hurt old cases like these.

    • Meaghan November 23, 2011 / 9:56 pm

      Indeed, the Evans and Graham prosecutions have something in common: the star witness is going to be a career criminal who is testifying in return for a generous deal. Not sure I’d believe her either.

  2. Saffy November 24, 2011 / 12:03 am

    i know, and there is no body. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t convict.
    What they really need to do is conduct an investigation into how this happened. In Canada, they would have an inquest but shit like this happens anyways. Kids fall through the cracks. But this is just atrocious…things like this do not happen when people are doing their jobs.
    This woman really should just plead guilty, throw herself on the mercy of the court and tell everyone what happened to this poor child.

    • Meaghan November 24, 2011 / 12:34 am

      They did conduct an investigation, people were fired, everything got stirred up for awhile. But I doubt if much long-term good came of it. Probably the system is no better than it was ten years ago.

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