MIAMI (CBS4) – Jury selection for the murder trial of a woman accused in the case of missing Florida foster child Rilya Wilson has been delayed.

It was scheduled to begin next week in Miami but prosecutors said Monday the trial date has been postponed because one of Graham’s lawyers is ill. The earliest likely new date won’t be until January.

Rilya’s former caretaker Geralyn Graham faces life in prison if convicted in the little girl’s slaying. Graham insists she is innocent.

Rilya disappeared in late 2000 at age four, but officials whose job is to protect her didn’t realize it until months later. Investigators say Graham told fellow jail inmates she smothered the child and disposed of the body near a lake.

No trace of Rilya has ever been found.

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