Grand Jury Indicts Justin DeRyke on First Degree Murder

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (KMOX) — The 22-year-old uncle of Willow Long was indicted Wednesday on three counts of first degree murder.

The action was taken against Justin DeRyke of Watson, Illinois.

If convicted he faces life in prison. DeRyke is scheduled to appear in court, in Effingham County, Thursday.

The 7-year-old’s body was found near her home in Watson. Willow had been stabbed several times and her throat slashed. Read probable cause statement here:

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