It’s about time!

It’s looks like they’re really going to trial this time in the decade-old disappearance of Rilya Wilson. Geralyn Graham, her foster mother, was charged with murder back in 2005, seven years ago, and the trial has been postponed umpteen times. But jury selection, they say, begins tomorrow, so it looks like it’ll really happen this time.

From what I know, the case against Geralyn Graham is weak. I mean, I’m quite sure she killed Rilya, but can they prove it? For the jury it may be a matter of “I know she did it, but…” Like with the Casey Anthony trial. I believe Casey killed her daughter Caylee, and the jury might have believed it also, but if the prosecution couldn’t prove that, then the jury made the correct decision when they acquitted her.

The problem is this (quoted from the article I linked to above):

In Graham’s case, the star prosecution witness will be Robin Lunceford, a career criminal [here’s her rap sheet] who had been sentenced to life behind bars before revealing Graham’s purported confession. Lunceford’s sentence was reduced to 10 years after she came forward. She is now scheduled for release in March 2014.

Maybe Lunceford actually heard the confession. Maybe she didn’t. I don’t trust that woman as far as I can throw her. Another quote:

Ultimately…the jury will have to be convinced that there’s no other explanation for Rilya’s death in order to convict Graham.

“Other than foul play, is there any reasonable explanation for the missing person’s disappearance?” he said. “Assuming the answer is no, is there any reasonable doubt that someone other than the accused is the perpetrator?”

We shall see.

Rilya’s entire life was a tragedy. They say her name was an acronym for “Remember I Love You Always” but it looks like in all her four years on this earth she didn’t have one single person who gave a damn about her.

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9 thoughts on “It’s about time!

  1. Cattt November 5, 2012 / 1:33 am

    I remember this case. It was all over the news here. I didn’t know that’s where her name came from. “Remember I Love You Always” .. :: sigh ::

    • saffy November 6, 2012 / 12:50 am

      the good thing is that there were reforms made to the system after that. There was a similar story here not long ago. A girl died after months of abuse by her caregivers, who were both drug abusers. She had been handed over by her crackhead mother.

  2. saffy November 6, 2012 / 12:42 am

    However, there was a lot more evidence against Casey Anthony. The problem was they charged her with first degree murder and personally, I don’t think she planned it. But yes, she is responsible for her child’s death. But it’s the same thing, we may never know what happened. IF this woman didn’t do it she almost certainly knows, so why not tell them who it is? She did it but in this case, it seems that there is even less physical evidence, because they never found her body…

    • Meaghan November 6, 2012 / 12:52 am

      They could get felony murder anyway — unintentional murder whilst committing felony child abuse. That’s the same sentence as first-degree.

      • saffy November 6, 2012 / 3:22 pm

        Yes, that’s true. The big problem is the jailhouse confession…often juries have trouble believing inmates. Don’t ask me why they believed stupid Casey anthony and her family of liars….they were no better than this woman. No one even knows her real name!

      • Meaghan November 6, 2012 / 3:23 pm

        I don’t think they did believe the family. I think the prosecution just couldn’t prove their case.

  3. Kim November 11, 2012 / 9:49 pm

    the Florida child welfare system is as bad or worse than AZ where I am. It is appauling how this child slipped through the cracks and that these women have gotten away with murder. My friend adopted a 7 year old child through Floridas foster care system. The child was with a family doing it solely for the money. No holidays or birthdays ever celebrated and the child had actually lost weight because meals would be withheld as discipline. No love or nurturing in the household and the child was my friends neice and she eventually fought and got the child placed with her and finally adopted. The courts would not consider her at first because she was out of state but finally won. Childs mom (my friends sister) had 4 or 5 kids all removed from her care and put in foster homes. The child is now 18 and totally thriving that would not have been the case if she was kept in that foster home. I’m so disgusted at FL’s system and the caregivers that had Rilya and ultimately harmed her. it is about time justice is being done for that little girl.

  4. saffy November 12, 2012 / 3:13 pm

    Colorado is just as bad, if not worse. I’ve been reading a report in the Denver post about children who died at the hands of their caregivers: not just abuse, but neglect and a couple of murder-suicides. Social services in Colorado are an absolute disaster; here is the link:
    http://www.denverpost.com/failedtodeath

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