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One of the last to see Felecia Williams, 9, alive appears in court

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TAMPA — Eboni Wiley, one of the last people to see 9-year-old Felecia Williams alive, appeared in court Tuesday for her arraignment on a charge of providing false information to police.

Wiley, 24, standing with a public defender, entered a plea of not guilty to the felony charge. Investigators have accused her of lying to them about the circumstances of Felecia's disappearance.

Judge Samantha Ward set the case's next hearing for Sept. 26. Wiley quickly left court. She remains free on $2,000 bail.

Felecia Demerson, the dead girl's mother, attended the brief hearing. Her attorney, Ariel Garcia, told reporters afterward that she would not comment.

According to investigators, Felecia Williams was taken May 16 from her Tampa home by Wiley, a family friend, to a Temple Terrace apartment. There, they are believed to have met with Granville Ritchie, 35.

Felecia's body was later found off the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Authorities have not disclosed how she died.

Temple Terrace police have publicly named Ritchie as the main suspect in the girl's death, but he has not been charged. He remains jailed on other charges.

One of the last to see Felecia Williams, 9, alive appears in court 08/12/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:42pm]
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