Defense Rests in Geralyn Graham Trial

Prosecutors will now have the opportunity to put on a brief rebuttal case

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013  |  Updated 1:37 AM EDT
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Judge Denies Acquittal in Geralyn Graham Trial

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Jailhouse informant Ramona Tavia said that Geralyn Graham told her that she killed "the baby," meaning foster child Rilya Wilson, to protect her then-lover, Pamela Graham. Geralyn Graham is on trial for first-degree murder.

Judge Denies Acquittal in Geralyn Graham Trial

Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez ruled Wednesday there was sufficient evidence for a jury to decide the fate of 66-year-old Geralyn Graham. As the defense began arguing its case, it called detectives Ramesh Nyberg and Chris Stroze to the stand.
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The defense has rested in the case of a South Florida woman accused of killing her 4-year-old foster child more than 10 years ago.

Lawyers for 67-year-old Geralyn Graham on Tuesday focused on attacking the credibility of three jailhouse informants who implicated Graham in Rilya Wilson's killing. Also testifying for the defense were corrections officials who say star prosecution witness Robin Lunceford was given preferential treatment behind bars.

Lunceford also got a life prison sentence reduced to just 10 years in exchange for her testimony that Graham confessed.

Judge Denies Acquittal in Geralyn Graham Trial

Graham did not testify in her own defense but has insisted on her innocence. Rilya's body has never been found.

Prosecutors now have the chance to put on a brief rebuttal case. Closing arguments are expected next Tuesday.

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