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Godmother testifies that she left murdered child alone with Granville Ritchie

Posted at 8:02 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 20:02:12-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- A key witness testified Monday in the Granville Ritchie murder trial.

Eboni Wiley says she had just started dating Ritchie in 2014 when the two went to pick up her goddaugther, 9-year-old Felicia Williams.

They took the child, nicknamed Sugarplum, to Ritchie's apartment, but Wiley testified she was on the drug, Molly.

And then Wiley says she left to go buy marijuana, leaving the child alone with Ritchie.

When she got back to Ritchie's apartment the girl was gone.

She says Ritchie told her he let the girl walk to a nearby CVS to buy candy, but there was no sign of her.

“I was and I wasn’t concerned, because how he made me feel comfortable on the first night I met him, and how he made me feel when I went to pick up Sugar plumb. It was like he had that concern of like a father figure. That’s how I felt," Wiley said on the witness stand.

Wiley said other than checking the CVS, she and Ritchie didn't look for the child at all and actually had sex in his apartment.

She said she also lied to police about what happened before the girl's body was found.

The trial continues Tuesday.

Ritchie is facing the death penalty if convicted.