Effingham Murder Trial Set for February

A 22-year-old southern Illinois man accused of fatally stabbing his 7-year-old niece won't go on trial until next year.

On Monday, an Effingham County tentatively set Justin DeRyke's trial for February.
DeRyke is accused of killing Willow Long in September near her home in Watson.

Investigators say DeRyke insisted he killed his niece to "put her out of her misery" after he says she fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck.

DeRyke has pleaded not guilty and is jailed on $5 million bond.

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Locations : Effingham CountyIllinoisSouthern Illinois
People : Justin DeRykeWillow Long
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