Defense: snitch lied in Fla. missing girl case

January 23, 2013 - 5:31 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A defense attorney says a jailhouse snitch concocted a story about a confession by a South Florida woman accused of killing a 4-year-old foster child in order to get out of prison.

Attorney Michael Matters told jurors in a closing argument Wednesday there were inconsistencies in testimony by inmate Robin Lunceford.

Lunceford said Geralyn Graham confessed to her to smothering Rilya Wilson and burying her body over a decade ago. Lunceford got a life prison sentence reduced to 10 years.

If convicted, the 67-year-old Graham faces life in prison. Rilya went missing in late 2000 but her disappearance was not noticed by the state officials for 15 months. That led to high-level agency resignations and passage of child welfare reforms.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Thursday.