Sharp Exchanges Between Defense Lawyer, Star Prosecution Witness in Geralyn Graham Trial

When Michael Matters asked "What are you smiling at?" Robin Lunceford replied "You"

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    Robin Lunceford seemed determined to give no ground to defense attorney Michael Matters in court Wednesday. His client, Geralyn Graham, is on trial for first-degree murder. (Published Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013)

    Geralyn Graham's jury saw a jousting match between defense attorney Michael Matters and star prosecution witness Robin Lunceford on Wednesday.

    "Are you done with that answer?" Matters asked. Lunceford replied, "Yes. Are you done with that question?"

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    At another point Graham’s lawyer asked, “What are you smiling at?" Her answer: “You.”

    Lunceford seemed determined to give no ground. She is the state's star witness, and has already told the jury Graham confessed to her behind bars, saying that Graham told her she murdered 4-year-old Rilya Wilson because she thought Rilya was possessed by demons.

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    Graham faces life in prison if convicted of the first-degree murder of the foster child, whose body was never found. Graham is also charged with kidnapping and child abuse.

    When Matters asked Lunceford about whether Graham said that authorities had no case against her, she replied, “No body, no murder.” When he pressed her on the point, Lunceford agreed that Graham had said that they had no case.

    The defense brought that point up because although Lunceford said she wrote down everything, her notes never mentioned Graham saying "No body, no murder."

    As he tried to show inconsistencies, Matters also asked Lunceford about another conversation involving Graham talking about her housemate, Pamela Graham.

    "I can't remember which one broke up with who, but Pam put a block on the phone, and that Pam had wrote her some poems and that Pam better be careful, she could go down also, something to that effect,” Lunceford testified.

    The issue of testifying in exchange for personal benefit also came up.

    "I'm not ashamed of being a voice for Rilya Wilson,” Lunceford said.

    Matters said she brags about it.

    "It's not bragging, it is what it is,” she told him.

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