Granville Ritchie found guilty of murder in 2014 killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams

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A jury of his peers has found Granville Ritchie guilty of murder in the 2014 killing of 9-year-old Felecia Williams.

Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday and the jury began deliberating. By 4:30 p.m., they returned the guilty verdict.

Ritchie was accused of raping and killing 9-year-old Felecia Williams in 2014, then shoving her body in a suitcase, and dropping it off the Courtney Campbell Causeway bridge.

A doctor who took the stand Tuesday disagreed with the medical examiner's findings on the cause of death.

"Important to be was the fact that there was a pattern, where it wasn't a typical neck strangulation, where you got a lot of injury to all of the muscles up here in the neck," explained Dr. William Anderson, a pathologist. "That would indicate to me that a force was applied across the upper chest. I think there is a good chance there was somebody pressing the arm down or kneeling on the patient for a period of time."

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Prosecutors challenged that, stilling claiming Williams was strangled.

Ritchie faces the death penalty. The sentencing phase will begin when court resumes Thursday morning.