Jury likely to get Missing Fla. Foster Girl Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- After an eight-week trial, a jury is close to deliberating the case of a South Florida woman accused of killing foster child Rilya Wilson more than a decade ago.

Jurors were scheduled to get the case Wednesday after final arguments from defense attorneys and prosecutors.

They must decide if 67-year-old Geralyn Graham smothered the 4-year-old girl in 2000 after allegedly abusing her for months.

Graham insists she is innocent.

She faces life in prison if convicted.

The case triggered a major scandal at Florida's child-welfare agency because Rilya's disappearance wasn't discovered for 15 months.

The case led to resignations and the passage of reform laws.

Rilya's remains have never been found.

The state's case rests heavily on jailhouse informants who say Graham confessed to them behind bars.

AP-WF-01-23-13 0803GMT

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