Jury deliberations begin in Rilya Wilson case

12 jurors to decide fate of accused murderer, Geralyn Graham

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MIAMI - Twelve jurors are going behind closed doors to deliberate the fate of Geralyn Graham, accused of killing 4-year-old foster child Rilya Wilson more than a decade ago.

Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez decided after closing arguments to begin deliberations on Thursday morning. The trial in Miami has lasted two months and involved dozens of witnesses.

Prosecutors say the 67-year-old Graham smothered Rilya in late 2000 and disposed of her body, which has never been found. The defense case focused on the possibility that Rilya might be alive and might have been sold to someone else. Graham insists she is innocent.

Rilya's disappearance wasn't discovered for 15 months, leading to resignations at the Department of Children and Families and passage of reform laws.

If convicted, Graham faces life in prison.

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