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December 8th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: The suspect in the murder of Jorelys Rivera

Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° at 8 p.m. ET for a full report on Ryan Brunn, the 20-year-old suspect in the brutal slaying of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera. Plus, a former FBI profiler will weigh in on the evidence in the investigation. 

Canton, Georgia (CNN) - Ryan Brunn, the suspect in the slaying of a 7-year-old Georgia girl who lived in the apartment complex where he worked, wore a bullet-proof vest during his first court appearance Thursday.

Brunn entered the Cherokee County Superior Court wearing an orange jumpsuit and a tan bullet-proof vest. His hands were shackled during the court appearance, which lasted only a few minutes.

Authorities arrested the 20-year-old maintenance worker Wednesday afternoon and have charged him with killing Jorelys Rivera, who was last seen alive Friday near a playground at the apartment complex in Canton. Investigators found her body in a trash compactor there three days later.

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  1. Bob

    I just saw the feature about the Georgia child murder and the interview with the former FBI profiler. One thing just doesn't add up for me. This was a 20-year-old guy who is reported to have had a girl friend. The rape and murder of a child just doesn't seem to be the crime of a 20-year-old guy with a girl friend. Nor does the person described in the feature appear to be antisocial enough to commit a crime like that. I hope this is not one of those many cases where the police focus on the wrong suspect early in the investigation and then lose the opportunity to follow up on clues that would have led them to the real culprit.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm |