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Opening statements in case of man accused of killing 9-year-old girl in Temple Terrace to begin Friday

Hillsborough County

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Opening statements will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in the trial of Granville Ritchie, the man accused of killing 9-year-old Felecia Williams in 2014.

Just before 4 p.m. Thursday, a jury of 12 with 3 alternates was selected. Attorneys spent four days going back-and-forth.

Investigators said Williams disappeared on May 16, 2014, after leaving her home with a family friend and going to an apartment in Temple Terrace. That’s where she met Ritchie.

Detectives found her body the next day on the east side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

In late summer 2014, Ritchie was charged with murder, sexual battery and child abuse.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, which will be the first death penalty case in Hillsborough County due to a new state law in which a unanimous decision must be reached if the jury recommends death.

Potential jurors were asked about their thoughts on the death penalty during jury selection.

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