2nd jailhouse informant testifies in Rilya Wilson case
Updated On: Jan 08 2013 01:39:02 PM EST
A second jailhouse informant testified in the murder trial of 66-year-old Geralyn Graham, who is accused of killing missing Florida foster child Rilya Wilson.
Maggie Carr, a convicted murderer, testified Friday that she was trained to be a law clerk in prison and assist inmates. She said she spoke with Graham at the Homestead Correctional Facility in 2005.
Carr testified that Graham asked her several questions about being convicted of murder if no body is found. In previous testimony, Robin Lunceford, another jailhouse informant, claimed Graham confessed to smothering Rilya with a pillow and burying her body near water. Rilya's body was never found.
"She said, 'Well, there's no body.' She wasn't concerned because if there's no body, there's no murder," said Carr, who also served as a law clerk to Lunceford.
"'It's gone.' And I was like, 'What do you mean it's gone?' And she was like, 'Well, you know, it's gone. It's to the elements.' And I was like, 'What do you mean the elements?' And she was like, 'You know, the elements, water,'" continued Carr. "And I was like, 'Water? What do you mean water?' And she was like, 'You know, elements, waste away, critters.'"
Carr said she tried convincing Graham to confess.
"She said whoever was out there was beholden to her. She wasn't concerned," said Carr.
Corrections officer Shandra Christian also testified Friday, saying she was at the jail when Lunceford claimed Graham confessed to her while the two shared a jail cell.
Defense attorneys spent several days attempting to poke holes in Lunceford's story, portraying her as a snitch who only testified to have her prison sentence reduced. Lunceford said she was abused by fellow inmates and corrections officers after making her claim.
Graham faces life in prison if convicted of murder, kidnapping and child abuse charges. Graham claims Rilya was taken from her home for mental tests by a state worker in 2001 and never returned. Investigators say no evidence backs up Graham's story.
The trial is expected to last several more weeks. Carr will be back on the stand Monday when the trial resumes.