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Willow Long Murder Suspect Makes Court Appearance

A pre-trial hearing is happening today for the man who allegedly killed his 7-year-old niece, Willow Long.

Justin DeRyke, 22, is charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors said DeRyke told investigators he killed his niece to end her suffering after she accidentally fell onto a brush pile and pierced her neck with a stick near the family's home in Watson.

As of right now, the murder trial is set for December 2.