She said she hopes the charge can be dropped. Brunvand suggested someone else killed 9-year-old Felicia Williams. So can the jury in Granville Ritchie’s murder trial believe her now? Eboni Wiley prepares to testify during Granville Ritchie's murder trial Monday. “Every second of those minutes is a second that this defendant could have stopped, a second this defendant could have used mercy.”. A Florida man was convicted of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl. His trial is set for Sept. 9. Wiley would say she had taken a shower in the apartment and that when she came out, Felecia was gone. Now it must decide if Ritchie should be put to death for his crimes. The girl’s mother, Felecia Demerson, held hands with Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano as the jury’s decision was read aloud. Ritchie was actually caught and jailed on drug chrages before authorities put all of the details together. Wiley eventually told police she’d been with a man. The three went to Ritchie's apartment at … She warned that if there were any further disturbance, she could have people removed from the courthouse. A Hillsborough County jury found him guilty of all charges. But she was sexually assaulted and strangled by Wiley's boyfriend Granville Ritchie when she left them alone to go out and buy marijuana. “You described it as Satan trying to get into your mind,” Brunvand said. One witness was Eboni Wiley, who was supposed to be taking care of Williams that day. But that alone, the defense attorney noted, does not prove that Ritchie killed her. Prosecutors also used key witnesses to poke holes in Ritchie's alibi for the night the 9-year-old disappeared. ... Eboni Wiley lived nearby. Behind them was Wiley’s sister along with her mother, Sabrina Teel. In his closing statement Wednesday, defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand asks jurors to find Granville Ritchie not guilty. In his closing argument earlier Wednesday, Hillsborough Assistant State Attorney Scott Harmon played a recording of a 911 call that came from Ritchie’s cell phone minutes after 5 p.m. on May 16, 2014. After more than a week of testimony, the panel of seven women and five men spent four hours deliberating before finding Ritchie guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery and aggravated child abuse in the 2014 death of the Tampa girl. During that interview, Ritchie mentioned something about Felecia committing a sex act, and spoke of what happens to people who molest children in his native island of Jamaica: “They throw them in. In walked Felecia Demerson and Jerome Williams, the parents of Felecia Williams. Ritchie, 41, was dating 9-year-old Felecia Williams’ neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. To prosecutors, Wiley is the star witness who can point the finger at Ritchie for the murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. Wiley took 9-year-old Felecia Williams from her home to Ritchie's apartment the day the girl went missing. Prosecutors say Eboni had fallen head over heels for a man named Granville Ritchie. There were also Ritchie’s cell phone records, which put him the vicinity of the Causeway later that night. Wiley was the state's star witness and FOX 13 has learned she has been offered a sweetheart deal by the Hillsborough State Attorney's … Detectives believe Ritchie and his girlfriend, Eboni Wiley, a family friend of William’s Mom, picked up the little girl the day of her murder. During Wiley’s testimony Tuesday, jurors were ushered out of the courtroom as Circuit Judge Michelle Sisco inquired about a disturbance in the hallway outside. “Yes, I lied. On Monday, Wiley took the witness stand and told the jury how she was smitten with the man she knew as Trevor. Those same jurors will now have to decide whether Ritchie should die for his crimes. Ritchie would end up raping and killing Felecia, and Wiley helped cover it up. Wiley lived in the girl’s east Tampa neighborhood and considered herself like a mother to her. You didn’t call 911. “So you’re pretty good at it?” the attorney asked. Prosecutors said Ritchie had been dating Felecia's neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014. She admitted as much during Ritchie… Jurors in Tampa murder trial confront ultimate question: Could they impose death penalty? The public defender who represents her watched from the courtroom gallery. An investigation revealed family friend Eboni Wiley brought Williams to Ritchie’s apartment on May 16, 2014. He noted that Wiley admitted she took an Ecstasy pill when she was at the apartment, and that when she had previously ingested the drug, she spoke of “Satan trapped in her mind.”, RELATED STORY: Defense casts doubt as Granville Ritchie trial winds down. She also recounted the day Felecia vanished, when she and Ritchie picked up the girl and took her to Ritchie’s Temple Terrace apartment. I can admit that. At Eboni Wiley's sentencing, no face covering could hide the disdain Felecia's grandmother, Brenda Johnson, harbored for Wiley. One witness was Eboni Wiley, the woman who was supposed to be taking care of Williams that day. The lie later changed. Prosecutors said Ritchie had been dating Felecia's neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014. TAMPA, Fla. - Eboni Wiley and Granville Ritchie had known each other for only three days when Wiley decided to leave 9-year-old Felecia Williams in his care while she went out to buy drugs. To do so, the defense must convince at least one juror that Ritchie should spend the rest of his life in prison. Defendant Granville Ritchie is taken out of the courtroom after closing arguments Wednesday in his trial at the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex. 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She said Ritchie claimed he had given Felecia money to buy candy at a nearby CVS store and she had not returned. Harmon pointed to the testimony of a doctor, who said that it would have taken about two minutes of consistent pressure to her neck for Felecia to die. Ritchie told Wiley to say she had brought the girl to the apartment and that a woman named Vivian — Ritchie’s mother — was there. Wiley allegedly left Williams alone with Ritchie at Ritchie’s mother’s apartment while she bought marijuana. TAMPA — Granville Ritchie raped and murdered 9-year-old Felecia Williams, a jury decided Wednesday afternoon. RELATED STORY: ‘She was looking into the face of her killer:’ Trial opens in slaying of girl, 9. ‘He sold me a dream.’ Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim. Brunvand also asked Wiley about her history with drugs. “It’s an opportunity to exhale,” he said. She was a neighbor and friend to Felecia’s family and considered herself the girl’s godmother. Williams was left in the care of Eboni Wiley, a neighbor and family friend who had met Ritchie a few days earlier. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty. There was Wiley’s testimony that when she returned to the apartment, Ritchie said he’d given the girl money to buy candy at a nearby CVS store and she had not come back. “Could you hear the fear? His trial is set for Sept. 9. So Granville is cheating on Eboni with little kids, multiple times, and no one knows. “I was so high,” Wiley said, her voice rising, “I felt like I needed to be protected.”. At Eboni Wiley's sentencing, no face covering could hide the disdain Felecia's grandmother, Brenda Johnson, harbored for Wiley. Granville Ritchie was found guilty of the rape ... Ritchie, 41, was dating 9-year-old Felecia Williams' neighbour, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. The duo were watching the girl one day, and Ritchie took Felecia to his mother's apartment, the Associated Press reported. He invited the jurors to consider just half that time. In an interview with detectives, Ritchie repeated what Wiley described as a lie they cooked up to explain Felecia’s disappearance — that the girl had run off while he and Wiley were having sex in a bedroom. “We’re going to do the best we can to try to save his life,” Brunvand said afterward. TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The state's key witness was back on the stand Tuesday for a second day in the murder trial of Granville Ritchie. Eboni Wiley admitted that she lied to police during an investigation of the 2014 disappearance of 9-year-old Felecia Williams, who had been murdered. Eboni Wiley prepares to testify during Granville Ritchie's murder trial Monday. Ritchie would end up raping and killing Felecia, and Wiley helped cover it up. There was the telltale mangrove leaf found lodged in the headlight of the silver Lexus that Ritchie drove, similar to vegetation in the area where the body was found. She declined to comment afterward. Wiley also doesn’t deny she has taken drugs and was under the influence of MDMA — commonly known as ecstasy or molly — on the night the girl vanished. Ritchie, 41, was dating 9-year-old Felecia Williams' neighbour, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. Williams was left in the care of Eboni Wiley, a neighbor and family friend who had met Ritchie a few days earlier. Granville Ritchie accused of raping, killing Felecia Williams in 2014 Opening Statements Set for Friday in Granville Ritchie Murder Trial Previous stories on 2014 murder case The call must have been made by Felecia, the state theorized, at the time she would have been alone with Ritchie. The officer left after seeing no signs of an emergency. Yes, I was on drugs.”. Defense had saved their openings until they started their case. Why didn’t you call 911 when my baby was missing," cried out Johnson. When Wiley returned to the apartment she told the jury she found Ritchie shirtless and sweating. And there was the sand found on the passenger-side floorboard and in the lining of the car’s trunk, which an expert said was consistent with the sand near where Felecia was found. Granville Ritchie Trial Defense Opening Statement. As it got late, they agreed they needed to lie. Granville Ritchie Trial Day 2 Witnesses Alyson Rivers, Thomas Ross, Kelly Walker & Eboni Wiley #GranvilleRitchieTrial In October, Wiley pleaded guilty to lying to police during the murder investigation of the nine-year-old. 40-year-old Granville Ritchie was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual beating and aggravating child abuse. Ritchie was a stranger to Felecia, but they both knew Eboni Wiley. It’s the fear that comes from the heart and mind of a child.". Brunvand gave the defense’s closing and his last words to the jury highlighted several weaknesses in the state’s case. “I told a lot of stories,” Wiley said. He then put her body in a suitcase and threw it in to Tampa harbour, Florida. Ritchie was a stranger to Felecia, but they both knew Eboni Wiley. Wiley reportedly returned 50 minutes later and Williams was nowhere to be found. They met Ritchie, who drove them to his mother’s apartment. Wiley allegedly left Williams alone with Ritchie at Ritchie’s mother’s apartment while she bought marijuana. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren, who has acknowledged the inequities of the death penalty, said the Ritchie case is one of the few that merits the harshest sentence allowed by Florida law. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/grieving-dad-forgives-man-who-22674312 Wiley says she … RELATED STORY: ‘He sold me a dream.’ Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim. “I understand that emotions are running high,” Sisco said. Defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand sits at left. Wiley had met Ritchie days before the murder and was instantly smitten. The jury convicted him in the 2014 rape and murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. Wiley went to buy marijuana – and Ritchie then strangled and assaulted the nine-year-old, prosecutors claimed. But the defense is hoping to paint Eboni Wiley as a serial liar. On the stand, she wept and raised her voice at times as defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand picked away at the lies she admitted having told in the past. Wiley acknowledged that she still faces a charge of lying during a missing person investigation, a crime for which she could receive as much as five years in prison. The duo were watching the girl one day, and Ritchie took Felecia to his mother's apartment, the Associated Press reported. On Tuesday morning, Ritchie’s defense attorney tried to cast doubt on Wiley’s credibility as she told a jury what she said was the truth. Wiley was the state's star witness and FOX 13 has learned she has been offered a sweetheart deal by the Hillsborough State Attorney's … Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim. They say the day of the murder, Ritchie picked up Eboni and Felecia. “As a result of you lying to all these people, they believed you?” attorney Brunvand asked. The trial is expected to last through next week. Investigators said a family friend, Eboni Wiley, brought the girl to Ritchie’s Temple Terrace home on May 16, 2014, and left her there while she went to buy marijuana. Then, she and Ritchie drank Hennessy cognac and had sex on the living room floor. RELATED STORY: Jurors in Tampa murder trial confront ultimate question: Could they impose death penalty? (CMR) Despite his lawyer arguing that his violent upbringing in Kingston, Jamaica should be taken into consideration, a Florida judge gave Granville Ritchie the death sentence for raping and killing a 9-year-old girl. Ritchie was found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery, and aggravated child abuse in the 2014 death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. She was 23. She said she left Williams alone with Ritchie even though she’d only met him a few days prior. The three had lunch and then went to an apartment in Temple Terrace. Wiley reportedly returned 50 minutes later and Williams was nowhere to be found. He suggested that it was reasonable for them to conclude that Wiley could have killed the girl instead of Ritchie. An investigation found Ritchie was dating the family's neighbour, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. Investigators said a family friend, Eboni Wiley, brought the girl to Ritchie’s Temple Terrace home on May 16, 2014, and left her there while she went to buy marijuana. She came back to find her gone. On the stand, she admitted … Felecia’s body was found floating amid the rocks and mangroves off the Courtney Campbell Causeway. ‘He sold me a dream.’ Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim, ‘She was looking into the face of her killer:’ Trial opens in slaying of girl, 9. TAMPA — Eboni Wiley doesn’t deny that she lied. Oct 2, 2019 - Granville Ritchie Trial Day 3 Witness Eboni Wiley Part 3 #GranvilleRitchieTrial She lied to Felecia Williams’s mother, and to the police, when she first described the circumstances of the 9-year-old girl’s disappearance in May 2014. Oct 1, 2019 - Granville Ritchie Trial Day 2 Witness Eboni Wiley Part 2 091619 #GranvilleRitchieTrial Brunvand, however, acknowledged one the strongest pieces of the state’s evidence: data from Ritchie’s cell phone showing him in the area of the causeway hours after the girl was last seen. She said they’d had sex in the shower while the girl watched cartoons in the living room. Wiley went to buy marijuana – and Ritchie then strangled and assaulted the nine-year-old, prosecutors claimed. Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano, left, and Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren talk to reporters Wednesday after the guilty verdicts were read aloud in the trial of Granville Ritchie at the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex. A Temple Terrace police officer was sent to the area of the Doral Oaks apartment complex to investigate, but did not have an exact address for the call. TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A jury has found Granville Ritchie guilty on all charges in the death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. One witness was Eboni Wiley, the woman who was supposed to be taking care of Williams that day. “Think about how deliberate that is,” Harmon said. Teel told the judge Demerson had accosted her outside near a vending machine. No signs of a struggle. Prosecutors said Ritchie had been dating Felecia's neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014. She was 23. Yes, I lied. Eboni Wiley testifies that she’s telling the truth now about events surrounding the 2014 disappearance of Felecia Williams. "Y'all murdered my baby. Ritchie, 41, was dating 9-year-old Felecia Williams’ neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. A year after his trial, Granville Ritchie has been sentenced to death for the 2014 murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. But when a prosecutor questioned her again, she made clear that the state had made no promises of leniency in exchange for her testimony against Ritchie. Surveillance images captured Wiley entering the store alone at 5:40 p.m. to ask a clerk if a girl had been there. Some jurors closed their eyes. The truth, Wiley said, is that she left Felecia with Ritchie in his apartment to go buy marijuana. RELATED: Granville Ritchie found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery in Tampa 9-year-old's death. ... Eboni Wiley lived nearby. There is no DNA evidence linking Ritchie to the crime. From left to right: Jerome Williams, father of 9-year-old victim Felecia Williams; mother Felecia Demerson; and Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano lock arms and hold hands before the verdict was read aloud Wednesday in the murder trial of Granville Ritchie. She said she left Williams alone with Ritchie even though she’d only met him a few days prior. Skimming over more than a week of testimony, Harmon walked the jury through a conglomeration of circumstantial evidence, which he said paints a “mosaic of guilt.”. Prosecutors theorized that Ritchie concealed Felecia’s body in a suitcase and later that night drove to the Courtney Campbell Causeway, where he dumped her, nude, into the bay. While there, he asked Wiley to leave to go buy marijuana. Family friend Eboni Wiley brought Williams to Ritchie’s apartment on May 16, 2014. Granville Ritchie, 40, is accused in the May 2014 killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. Wiley, who was a family friend and self-proclaimed "God Mother" of … For 60 seconds, there was silence. Eboni Wiley and Granville Ritchie had known each other for only three days when Wiley decided to leave 9-year-old Felicia Williams. Eboni Wiley and Granville Ritchie had known each other for only three days when Wiley decided to leave 9-year-old Felicia Williams. Felecia Williams, nine, had been left in the care of her mum's neighbour Eboni Wiley in May 2014. But the judge wasn’t concerned about details. On May 16, 2014, Wiley said she picked up Williams and took her to her new boyfriend Granville Ritchie's apartment. On the day she vanished, Felecia left home with Wiley. If Ritchie is found guilty, prosecutors will ask the jury to sentence him to death. Albano, whose agency investigated the 9-year-old’s murder, said he felt a responsibility to see the case through. Ritchie, 40, sat at the end of a defense table and showed no reaction as the verdict was read. But the key witness Monday was Eboni Wiley, the woman who was supposed to be taking care of Felicia the day she disappeared. When a call taker answered, there was only a low indecipherable noise. When Wiley came back to the apartment, she said, she prayed in a bedroom. The sentencing phase will start when court resumes Thursday, and prosecutors will ask the same panel to impose the death penalty. Eboni Wiley, who was supposed to be watching Williams the day she was killed, took the stand again today. Specifically, he brought up a 2012 incident in which she called police because she was having a “bad trip” after taking MDMA. Defense had saved their openings until they started their case. She said she left the girl at the apartment alone with Ritchie … RELATED STORY: ‘He sold me a dream.’ Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim. Williams and the adult she was with, Eboni Wiley, were picked up around 3:30 p.m. May 16 by Ritchie, according to police. The jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery, and aggravated child abuse in Felecia's 2014 death. A family friend, Eboni Wiley, had brought Felecia to her acquaintance Granville Ritchie's house and left her there while Wiley went to buy cannabis. Granville Ritchie, 40, is accused in the May 2014 killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. She only told the truth, she said, after learning that the girl had been found dead. She testified that she left the little girl alone with him to go buy marijuana. No hairs or fibers. Wiley wore a black blouse to court Tuesday, a contrast to the bright colors she had donned the day before. In October, Wiley pleaded guilty to lying to police during the murder investigation of the nine-year-old. Why didn’t you call 911 when my baby was missing," cried out Johnson. Ritchie, 40, is charged with murder, sexual battery and child abuse in the death of Felecia Williams on May 16, 2014. The call is significant because it was made at about the time that Wiley’s grandfather and a friend testified that they were helping her purchase marijuana. Ritchie even gave Wiley his mother’s phone number and Wiley talked to her, she said, to get her to back up the story. Wiley went looking for her but CVS employees had not seen the girl. But it’s not over yet. She admitted as much during Ritchie’s trial. Moments later, his attorney, Bjorn Brunvand knelt beside him, draped an arm over his shoulders and spoke softly. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Last month, Granville Ritchie was sentenced to death for William's murder nearly a year after he was found guilty. Prosecutor Scott Harmon says Ritchie asked Wiley to go buy him drugs, leaving him alone with Felecia. “You all have to control that.”. It was then, prosecutors said, that he sexually assaulted and strangled the girl. Then they came out to find her gone. 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