Jury Set in Rilya Wilson Murder Trial - NBC 6 South Florida

Jury Set in Rilya Wilson Murder Trial

The trial is set to start on Monday



    Jury Set in Rilya Wilson Murder Trial
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    An undated photo of 5-year-old Rilya Wilson from a missing poster May 8, 2002 in Miami, FL. Wilson has been missing since January 2001 when someone claiming to work for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DFC) took her from her grandmother's home. The DFC reported her missing on April 25, 2002 and has no record of anyone taking her.

    A jury has been seated to hear the case against a South Florida woman accused of killing foster child Rilya Wilson, whose body has never been found.

    Final members of the 12-person panel were selected Tuesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. There are also five alternates. Opening statements are scheduled for next Monday for the estimated five-week trial.

    Prosecutors say 66-year-old Geralyn Graham killed Rilya and disposed of her body. Key evidence is the testimony of two jailhouse inmates who claim Graham confessed to them. Graham insists she is innocent.

    The discovery of Rilya's disappearance in 2002 led to a shakeup at the state child protection agency because caseworkers were unaware the girl hadn't been seen in months. The case also led to greater privatization of programs for foster children.