An Effingham County Grand Jury indicted Justin DeRyke on three counts of murder for allegedly murdering his niece, seven year old Willow Long.
Our news partners at WAND-TV report DeRyke has been charged with First Degree Murder, for allegedly stabbing his niece to death. If he is convicted, he faces a mandatory life sentence.
DeRyke will appear with legal counsel before a judge Thursday. Willow Long’s disappearance and death remain under investigation.