• Jury selection scheduled for DeRyke murder trial

    by  • October 23, 2013 • News

    Jury selection could begin in six weeks in the case of a southern Illinois man who’s accused of fatally stabbing his

    Justin Dale DeRyke

    Justin Dale DeRyke

    7-year-old niece.

    Online court records indicate lawyers will begin culling through potential jurors to hear the case of Justin S. DeRyke on Dec. 2.

    But officials say the trial could be delayed and likely won’t begin until 2014.

    The 22-year-old is being held on $5 million bond. He’s charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the slaying of Willow Long, who died in September near her family’s Watson home about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis.

    Investigators say DeRyke said he killed his niece to “put her out of her misery” after he says she fell and pierced her neck with a stick.