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Jury recommends death penalty for convicted child killer Granville Ritchie

Posted at 9:53 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-28 12:57:55-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Granville Ritchie, the man convicted of sexually battering and killing 9-year-old Felecia Williams in 2014, could receive the death sentence after Friday's juror recommendation.

The same jury who found Ritchie guilty of first-degree murder, sexual battery and child abuse gave a unanimous recommendation to give Ritchie the death penalty.

During the trial, Ritchie's lawyer argued his brain scans show "abnormalities" and did not have a serious criminal record before he killed Williams.

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Family friend Eboni Wiley brought Williams to Ritchie’s apartment on May 16, 2014. She testified that she left the little girl alone with him to go buy marijuana.

When she came back, she says Williams was gone.

Wiley testified that Ritchie told her he let the child walk to CVS to buy candy, but there was no sign of her there.