In his closing statement Wednesday, defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand asks jurors to find Granville Ritchie not guilty. (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. To do so, the defense must convince at least one juror that Ritchie should spend the rest of his life in prison. Why didn’t you call 911 when my baby was missing," cried out Johnson. Brunvand also asked Wiley about her history with drugs. “So you’re pretty good at it?” the attorney asked. 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. Wiley would say she had taken a shower in the apartment and that when she came out, Felecia was gone. Ritchie would end up raping and killing Felecia, and Wiley helped cover it up. Ritchie, 40, sat at the end of a defense table and showed no reaction as the verdict was read. But she was sexually assaulted and strangled by Wiley's boyfriend Granville Ritchie when she left them alone to go out and buy marijuana. Wiley allegedly left Williams alone with Ritchie at Ritchie’s mother’s apartment while she bought marijuana. She said she left Williams alone with Ritchie even though she’d only met him a few days prior. Hyde Park to Tampa: Leave our brick streets alone. Ritchie would end up raping and killing Felecia, and Wiley helped cover it up. When a call taker answered, there was only a low indecipherable noise. Wiley wore a black blouse to court Tuesday, a contrast to the bright colors she had donned the day before. “Yes, I lied. TAMPA — It’s been six years since Eboni Wiley lied to Felecia Wiliams’ family — and the police — about the circumstances of the 9-year-old girl’s disappearance. She only told the truth, she said, after learning that the girl had been found dead. The call must have been made by Felecia, the state theorized, at the time she would have been alone with Ritchie. Defendant Granville Ritchie is taken out of the courtroom after closing arguments Wednesday in his trial at the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex. ... Eboni Wiley lived nearby. Yes, I was on drugs.”. She was 23. 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. One witness was Eboni Wiley, the woman who was supposed to be taking care of Williams that day. He suggested that it was reasonable for them to conclude that Wiley could have killed the girl instead of Ritchie. 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. “I was so high,” Wiley said, her voice rising, “I felt like I needed to be protected.”. 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. Prosecutors said Ritchie had been dating Felecia's neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014. On Monday, Wiley took the witness stand and told the jury how she was smitten with the man she knew as Trevor. It was then, prosecutors said, that he sexually assaulted and strangled the girl. Family friend Eboni Wiley brought Williams to Ritchie’s apartment on May 16, 2014. Defense had saved their openings until they started their case. As it got late, they agreed they needed to lie. Ritchie was a stranger to Felecia, but they both knew Eboni Wiley. 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. On the day she vanished, Felecia left home with Wiley. 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. Felecia’s body was found floating amid the rocks and mangroves off the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Ritchie was found guilty last year of first-degree murder, sexual battery, and aggravated child abuse. The jury convicted him in the 2014 rape and murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. But the defense is hoping to paint Eboni Wiley as a serial liar. She was 23. She said she left Williams alone with Ritchie even though she’d only met him a few days prior. The public defender who represents her watched from the courtroom gallery. Jurors in Tampa murder trial confront ultimate question: Could they impose death penalty? But the judge wasn’t concerned about details. Defense had saved their openings until they started their case. A year after his trial, Granville Ritchie has been sentenced to death for the 2014 murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. But it’s not over yet. Eboni Wiley prepares to testify during Granville Ritchie's murder trial Monday. Wiley reportedly returned 50 minutes later and Williams was nowhere to be found. The three had lunch and then went to an apartment in Temple Terrace. Eboni Wiley testifies that she’s telling the truth now about events surrounding the 2014 disappearance of Felecia Williams. Ritchie told Wiley to say she had brought the girl to the apartment and that a woman named Vivian — Ritchie’s mother — was there. Ritchie, 40, is charged with murder, sexual battery and child abuse in the death of Felecia Williams on May 16, 2014. Ritchie, 41, was dating 9-year-old Felecia Williams' neighbour, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. I can admit that. She said they’d had sex in the shower while the girl watched cartoons in the living room. Oct 2, 2019 - Granville Ritchie Trial Day 3 Witness Eboni Wiley Part 3 #GranvilleRitchieTrial “Could you hear the fear? His trial is set for Sept. 9. She warned that if there were any further disturbance, she could have people removed from the courthouse. “It’s only a couple seconds long, but could you hear it?” Harmon asked the jury. TAMPA — Eboni Wiley doesn’t deny that she lied. Williams was left in the care of Eboni Wiley, a neighbor and family friend who had met Ritchie a few days earlier. “You all have to control that.”. The prosecutor highlighted the power that the girl’s killer must have had, the force he must have inflicted. 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. 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. Granville Ritchie Trial Defense Opening Statement. 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. Wiley went looking for her but CVS employees had not seen the girl. His trial is set for Sept. 9. Wiley went to buy marijuana – and Ritchie then strangled and assaulted the nine-year-old, prosecutors claimed. Ritchie even gave Wiley his mother’s phone number and Wiley talked to her, she said, to get her to back up the story. Williams was left in the care of Eboni Wiley, a neighbor and family friend who had met Ritchie a few days earlier. ‘He sold me a dream.’ Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim. Eboni Wiley, who was supposed to be watching Williams the day she was killed, took the stand again today. 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. Then they came out to find her gone. Prosecutor Scott Harmon says Ritchie asked Wiley to go buy him drugs, leaving him alone with Felecia. Wiley went to buy marijuana – and Ritchie then strangled and assaulted the nine-year-old, prosecutors claimed. When Wiley came back to the apartment, she said, she prayed in a bedroom. The duo were watching the girl one day, and Ritchie took Felecia to his mother's apartment, the Associated Press reported. RELATED STORY: Jury in Granville Ritchie’s murder trial hears his account of girl’s disappearance. While there, he asked Wiley to leave to go buy marijuana. "Y'all murdered my baby. Yes, I lied. 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. 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. One witness was Eboni Wiley, the woman who was supposed to be taking care of Williams that day. Those same jurors will now have to decide whether Ritchie should die for his crimes. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty. Granville Ritchie, 40, is accused in the May 2014 killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. The truth, Wiley said, is that she left Felecia with Ritchie in his apartment to go buy marijuana. He then put her body in a suitcase and threw it in to Tampa harbour, Florida. You didn’t call 911. It’s the fear that comes from the heart and mind of a child.". Wiley lived in the girl’s east Tampa neighborhood and considered herself like a mother to her. You didn’t call 911. 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. An investigation found Ritchie was dating the family's neighbour, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A jury has found Granville Ritchie guilty on all charges in the death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. A Hillsborough County jury found him guilty of all charges. Prosecutors said Ritchie had been dating Felecia's neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014. In October, Wiley pleaded guilty to lying to police during the murder investigation of the nine-year-old. Surveillance images captured Wiley entering the store alone at 5:40 p.m. to ask a clerk if a girl had been there. Wiley took 9-year-old Felecia Williams from her home to Ritchie's apartment the day the girl went missing. But that alone, the defense attorney noted, does not prove that Ritchie killed her. So can the jury in Granville Ritchie’s murder trial believe her now? RELATED STORY: ‘He sold me a dream.’ Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim. If Ritchie is found guilty, prosecutors will ask the jury to sentence him to death. 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. 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 … 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.”. The lie later changed. 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. For 60 seconds, there was silence. ", RELATED STORY: Girlfriend testifies in trial of Granville Ritchie, accused in slaying of girl, 9. 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. TAMPA — Granville Ritchie raped and murdered 9-year-old Felecia Williams, a jury decided Wednesday afternoon. She admitted as much during Ritchie’s trial. 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. The sentencing phase will start when court resumes Thursday, and prosecutors will ask the same panel to impose the death penalty. At Eboni Wiley's sentencing, no face covering could hide the disdain Felecia's grandmother, Brenda Johnson, harbored for Wiley. RELATED: Granville Ritchie found guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery in Tampa 9-year-old's death. Eboni Wiley prepares to testify during Granville Ritchie's murder trial Monday. “We’re going to do the best we can to try to save his life,” Brunvand said afterward. Ritchie, 41, was dating 9-year-old Felecia Williams’ neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014, prosecutors said. On May 16, 2014, Wiley said she picked up Williams and took her to her new boyfriend Granville Ritchie's apartment. The officer left after seeing no signs of an emergency. The duo were watching the girl one day, and Ritchie took Felecia to his mother's apartment, the Associated Press reported. The three went to Ritchie's apartment at … The trial is expected to last through next week. Williams and the adult she was with, Eboni Wiley, were picked up around 3:30 p.m. May 16 by Ritchie, according to police. Prosecutors said Ritchie had been dating Felecia's neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014. RELATED STORY: ‘He sold me a dream.’ Ex-girlfriend links Granville Ritchie to 9-year-old murder victim. The girl’s mother, Felecia Demerson, held hands with Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano as the jury’s decision was read aloud. “Every second of those minutes is a second that this defendant could have stopped, a second this defendant could have used mercy.”. 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. Prosecutors said Ritchie had been dating Felecia's neighbor, Eboni Wiley, in May 2014. She came back to find her gone. Wiley, who was a family friend and self-proclaimed "God Mother" of … She also recounted the day Felecia vanished, when she and Ritchie picked up the girl and took her to Ritchie’s Temple Terrace apartment. Moments later, his attorney, Bjorn Brunvand knelt beside him, draped an arm over his shoulders and spoke softly. There were also Ritchie’s cell phone records, which put him the vicinity of the Causeway later that night. “I understand that emotions are running high,” Sisco said. Then, she and Ritchie drank Hennessy cognac and had sex on the living room floor. Oct 1, 2019 - Granville Ritchie Trial Day 2 Witness Eboni Wiley Part 2 091619 #GranvilleRitchieTrial Specifically, he brought up a 2012 incident in which she called police because she was having a “bad trip” after taking MDMA. He invited the jurors to consider just half that time. 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. Wiley says she … She testified that she left the little girl alone with him to go buy marijuana. They met Ritchie, who drove them to his mother’s apartment. A year after his trial, Granville Ritchie has been sentenced to death for the 2014 murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. To prosecutors, Wiley is the star witness who can point the finger at Ritchie for the murder of 9-year-old Felecia Williams. Granville Ritchie Trial Day 2 Witnesses Alyson Rivers, Thomas Ross, Kelly Walker & Eboni Wiley #GranvilleRitchieTrial Prosecutors also used key witnesses to poke holes in Ritchie's alibi for the night the 9-year-old disappeared. She declined to comment afterward. When Wiley returned to the apartment she told the jury she found Ritchie shirtless and sweating. 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