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One month later, still no charges in Felecia Williams' death

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

One place the memory of Felecia Williams has not been washed away, is where she was found, floating and naked. Pleas for tips still litter the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

"You don't have to be a friend, you could be somebody walking down the road seeing something," said driver Henry Blakely. "Come forward. It ain't worth, what if it happens again?"

Temple Terrace police believe the man who did it, Granville Ritchie, is sitting in prison on unrelated charges.

They still, one month later, need more before they can charge him with her murder.

"That it's taking time does not really hurt the case at all. in my opinion it actually helps strengthen the case," said defense attorney and former prosecutor Anthony Rickman.

Rickman says Ritchie's list of child sex and drug charges in two counties mean he's not going anywhere.

The last thing prosecutors need to do is file charges, start the six-month clock before the trial has to start, and have evidence come in too late.

"A truck driver for instance was driving from here to California, and they get back to florida four months later and they say, 'You know what, i heard about this girl who died. When I was on the bridge, I saw a young girl walking with an individual.'"

Ritchie and one of his girlfriends, Ebony Wiley, have given conflicting statements on what happened to Felecia a month ago Monday.

He said she left while he and Wiley were having sex in a bedroom, wiley said Felecia disappeared while Wiley was out buying marijuana.

Rickman says a key piece of evidence will be something that ties Ritchie to the causeway.

"You have a dead child," said Rickman. "You have to resolve it to determine what happened to the child for the family, and that child."

Another crucial piece of evidence will be if police can tie Ritchie to the death itself.

Rickman says DNA evidence can take time to process, so that could be another reason a month has gone by, and a murder charge hasn't been filed yet.

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