Willow Long murder case to go to grand jury next week
JENNINGS, MO (KTVI) – Gruesome details revealed in the murder of seven-year-old Willow Long. Police say the Watson, Illinois girl’s uncle admitted to killing her to “put her out of her misery.”
Justin Deryke, 22, is charged with first degree murder. Police believe Willow died Saturday night before anyone started searching for her.
According to court documents, Deryke claims around 11pm on Saturday Willow grabbed his hand to get him to watch a movie. He claims the tug on his hand resulted in a scratch, and he became angry.
He says Willow then ran out of the house and fell on a brush pile causing a branch to stab her in the neck. Deryke says he had to end her suffering so he got a knife, slit her throat, and stabbed her repeatedly in the heart.
An autopsy showed willow also had defensive wounds on her hands, which don`t coincide with DeRyke’s story. The case goes to the grand jury next Wednesday.