A jailhouse informant testified Tuesday that first-degree murder defendant Geralyn Graham told her that she killed “the baby,” meaning Rilya Wilson, to protect her then-lover and housemate.
Ramona Tavia is the third such informant to testify in the case. Like Robin Lunceford and Maggie Carr, she told jurors that Graham confessed to killing the foster child.
"She said she doing it for Pam, she had to protect Pam. She's sick, she's weak, and she's doing it for Pam," Tavia said of Geralyn Graham and her former lover, Pamela Graham. "She had to protect Pam, so she kill the baby for Pam."
The state rested its case Tuesday against Geralyn Graham, 66, who is accused of murdering Rilya, and is also charged with kidnapping and child abuse. She insists she is innocent.
The body of the 4-year-old girl has never been found after she disappeared more than a decade ago.
Tavia, who is serving a life sentence for instigating a murder, relayed what Graham said about police searching her house.
Graham said that they had been looking for a body, but "they then never going to find it in there, they then needed to leave here alone, they then not gonna find nothing in there,” Tavia said.
She explained why she testified, even though she said the state made her no offers.
"It's immoral," she said of Graham's alleged crime. "I'm ready to tell you why I testify today, because I don't want nobody do it to my grand babies, what's been done to the little baby that is missing right now, or the lady say that she kill it, or whatever the case may be, Ma'am."