Defense rests in Rilya Wilson case

Geralyn Graham accused of killing foster child Rilya Wilson

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:04:36 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 16 2013 11:19:01 AM EST
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MIAMI -

The defense has rested in the case of a South Florida woman accused of killing 4-year-old foster child Rilya Wilson more than 10 years ago.

Before resting Tuesday, lawyers for 67-year-old Geralyn Graham focused on attacking the credibility of three jailhouse informants who implicated Graham in the girl's killing. Also testifying for the defense were corrections officials who say star prosecution witness Robin Lunceford was given preferential treatment behind bars.

"I felt like I was between a rock and a hard place, as they say," said Norman Jenkins, the former warden of Homestead Correctional Institution.

Jenkins said state prosecutors requested Lunceford receive special treatment.

"Was there a request for job placement for Ms. Lunceford?" asked asked defense attorney Scott Sakin.

"Yes," said Jenkins.

"Eventually, did you release her from confinement?" said Sakin.

"Yes," replied Jenkins.

"Was there a request by the prosecutor, Mr. Weintraub, to restore telephone privileges to Robin Lunceford?" said Sakin.

"Yes, sir," answered Jenkins.

Lunceford also got a life prison sentence reduced to just 10 years in exchange for her testimony that Graham confessed.

Graham did not testify in her own defense but has insisted on her innocence. Rilya's body has never been found.

Prosecutors now have the chance to put on a brief rebuttal case. Closing arguments are expected next Tuesday.