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Trial date set for man accused of killing Willow Long


Watson - A trial date is now set for the uncle accused of killing 7-year-old Willow Long.

22-year-old Justin Deryke's jury trial is set for February 10th. He plead not guilty to three counts of first degree murder.

Deryke was watching his niece Willow. A probable cause statement revealed that Willow asked her uncle, DeRyke to watch TV around 11 at night. She tugged on DeRyke's arm, scratching him. Willow ran outside after DeRyke yelled at her.

When DeRyke went to find her she had fallen into a pile of brush and fell on a stick injuring her. The report says that DeRyke saw her moving on the ground. He told police that he did not want to see her suffering. That is when DeRyke stabbed Willow several times with a kitchen knife.

DeRyke then wrapped her in plastic and dumped her body.

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