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Geralyn Graham Won't Face Murder Retrial in Rilya Wilson Disappearance

Prosecutors in Miami have decided not to retry the caretaker of long-missing child Rilya Wilson on a murder charge.

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    Geralyn Graham in court on Friday, March 15, 2013.

    Prosecutors in Miami have decided not to retry the caretaker of long-missing child Rilya Wilson on a murder charge.
     
    A memo released Wednesday by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office recommends the charge be dismissed against Geralyn Graham. The 68-year-old Graham was sentenced earlier this year to 55 years in prison on kidnapping and child abuse charges, but jurors deadlocked on the murder count.

    "We expected this would happen eventually but we didn't know it would happen today," said Graham's attorney, Scott Sakin.
     
    The memo cites numerous difficulties with another trial, including the fact that Rilya's body was never found.
     
    Four-year-old Rilya vanished in December 2000 from Graham's home but her disappearance wasn't noticed for 15 months, largely because a Department of Children and Families caseworker neglected to check on her.
     
    The state's case hinged on jailhouse informants who say Graham confessed to them. Graham insists she is innocent.

    Murder Retrial for Geralyn Graham in Rilya Wilson Case

    [MI] Murder Retrial for Geralyn Graham in Rilya Wilson Case
    Prosecutors in Miami have decided to retry Geralyn Graham, the caretaker of missing foster child Rilya Wilson, on a murder charge. Defense attorney Michael Matters said he was annoyed and surprised by the state's decision. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle spoke about prosecutors' new effort in a statement, while Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez raised concerns about the retrial taking place in Miami-Dade County. (Published Saturday, March 16, 2013)

    The kidnapping and child abuse convictions remain on appeal, Sakin said. Graham had been facing a life sentence if convicted in the murder.

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    Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez gave the sentence to Geralyn Graham following her conviction of kidnapping and child abuse in the case of missing foster child Rilya Wilson. Graham briefly addressed the judge. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and Rilya Wilson's older sister, Brandy Sims, spoke about the case. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013)