Florida jury recommends death penalty for man who killed child

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

TAMPA, Fla. — A man convicted of raping and killing a child in Florida may be put to death, WFTS reports.

After finding Granville Ritchie guilty of murder, sexual battery and child abuse, a jury unanimously recommended the death penalty Friday.

Nine-year-old Felecia Williams disappeared after a family friend brought her to Ritchie’s apartment then left her alone with him to go buy marijuana.

The girl’s mother says she’s glad to see justice served.

“As long as I know he’s in that box for the rest of his life, that’s all I care about because my daughter is up under all that dirt in a box for the rest of her life,” Felecia Demerson, the girl’s mother said.

Ritchie’s lawyers say medical scans show abnormalities in his brain.

They argue he did not have a serious criminal record before this case and there is no DNA evidence or signs of a struggle.

Ritchie is due back in court next month.

 

Must-See Stories

More Must-See Stories

MOST POPULAR

Follow FOX8 on Twitter