New Details in Illinois Murder Case

New Details in Illinois Murder Case

The Effingham County Courtroom was packed Wednesday afternoon, as Justin DeRyke made his first court appearance for first degree murder. DeRyke is facing three counts of first degree murder. He's held at the Effingham County Jail on $5 million bond. Another court appearance is set for next week.
The Illinois man accused murdering his 7-year-old niece Willow Long went before a judge on Wednesday, and probable cause was found for the  arrest of 22-year-old Justin DeRyke.

The Effingham County Courtroom was packed Wednesday afternoon, as Justin DeRyke made his first court appearance for first degree murder.

According to court documents, Justin told police that on Saturday night his niece Willow long grabbed his arm, scratching him, and when he started yelling at her, she ran outside and fell on a nearby brush pile.

That's when a stick stabbed her in the neck.

DeRyke then told officials that "he had to end her suffering," so he slashed her throat and stabbed her in the chest.

He later wrapped her body in plastic and put it in a nearby river.

The only thing the 22-year-old said in court was when he could see his parents.

Despite the tragic outcome, officials are thanking everyone for stepping up during the search.

"Us getting together and working together. All of the agencies, all the fire department, all of the EMS. The buses that were provided to take those who were out searching and looking, for all those that sacrifice and were willing to go back out time and time again," said Effingham County Sheriff John Monett.

DeRyke is facing three counts of first degree murder.

He's held at the Effingham County Jail on $5 million bond

Another court appearance is set for next week.
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