News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 9, 2014

New hearing for uncle accused of killing niece

The Associated Press

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — A February hearing has been set in the case of a southern Illinois man accused of killing his niece.

The date was set during a Thursday hearing for 22-year-old Justin DeRyke in Effingham County Circuit Court. DeRyke is charged with the September death of 7-year-old Willow Long of Watson.

DeRyke’s attorney said the defense is awaiting motions from prosecutors. Prosecutors say they’re still waiting for DNA analysis from the Illinois State Police crime lab in Springfield.

The next hearing in the case will be Feb. 4.