Ciara DeRyke's Pre-Trial Continued; Possible Plea Bargain in the Works
Published on January 16 2014 4:14 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
The pre-trial of Ciara DeRyke of Watson was continued today to the end of the month, and prosecutors confirmed that talks are going on regarding a possible negotiated plea in her case.
Ciara DeRyke is the mother of seven-year-old Willow Long, who was killed last September. Prosecutors say Willow was killed by her uncle and Ciara's brother, Justin DeRyke. Ciara DeRyke is charged with obstructing a peace officer. It's alleged she told investigators she saw Willow alive in their home the morning of Sunday, September 8 while prosecutors believe she was killed by Justin DeRyke the night before.
The pre-trial for Ciara DeRyke was re-scheduled for 11am on Tuesday, January 28. State's Attorney Bryan Kibler confirmed that he and Ciara's court-appointed attorney Barry Schaefer are talking about a possible plea agreement. Ciara's trial is set to begin February 10.
Ciara DeRyke's charge is a misdemeanor offense, meaning up to a year in jail if found guilty. She remains in Effingham County Jail under $15,000 bond.