A Florida man was convicted of raping and killing a 9-year-old girl.
40-year-old Granville Ritchie was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual beating and aggravating child abuse. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Richie was dating Felicia Williams’ 9-year-old neighbor, Ebony Wiley, Richie and Willie once saw the girl and took her to his mother’s apartment on Temple Terrace. Detectives say Richie sexually assaulted and strangled the girl while Wiley went to buy marijuana. Richie then hid the girl’s body in a bag and later dumped it from Courtney Campbell’s Causeway in Tampa Bay.
Wiley testified that Richie told her he gave Felicia cash to buy candy at a nearby store, but she never came back.