An appeals court has upheld the 55-year prison sentence for Geralyn Graham who was convicted of kidnapping and child abuse in the case of missing foster child Rilya Wilson.
Gov. Rick Scott has proposed nearly $40 million in additional funding for child protection in the next state budget. Most of the money would go to reduce caseloads for child protective investigators, as blue-ribbon panels and advocates have long advised.
Florida courthouses took center stage in 2013, especially with the eyes of the nation glued to the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford.
The South Florida woman convicted of kidnapping and child abuse in the case of missing 4-year-old foster child Rilya Wilson will not be tried for murder.
The state of Florida has decided to retry Geralyn Graham for the murder of 4-year-old Rilya Wilson. The move comes after a jury in January convicted Graham for kidnapping and abuse, but hung 11-1 on the murder charge.
The South Florida woman convicted of kidnapping and child abuse in the case of missing 4-year-old foster child Rilya Wilson has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.
A juror in the trial of Geralyn Graham holds no ill feelings for a lone member of the panel who held out, blocking a murder conviction against the woman accused of torturing, kidnapping and killing foster child Rilya Wilson.
After nearly 14 hours of deliberations, jurors remained deadlocked on a murder charge against accused child killer Geralyn Graham, which led the judge to declare a mistrial on that charge. Jurors did, however, reach a unanimous decision on the four remaining charges in the case of 4-year-old foster child Rilya Wilson.
The jury deciding the fate of Geralyn Graham, accused of killing 4-year-old Rilya Wilson, has reached a verdict on four charges, but has deadlocked on one of the charges.
Jurors heard from state prosecutors one final time Wednesday afternoon before they decide the fate of accused child killer Geralyn Graham.