Jorelys Rivera's killer speaks: GBI releases polygraph video

by: Jeffry Scott, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Updated:

CANTON, Ga.,None —

The day after the body of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera was found in a trash compactor and the day before he was charged with her murder, 20-year-old maintenance man Ryan Brunn repeatedly told investigators he knew nothing about the child's death and the disposal of her body.

Brunn committed suicide in state prison last week, two days after he pleaded guilty to the Dec. 2 murder and sexual molestation of Jorelys at the River Ridge apartments in Canton.

His denials were revealed in a video of a GBI interview that took place five days after she disappeared. The video was released Thursday.

Brunn, who worked and lived at the complex, became a suspect when he first lied to investigators about not going to the trash compactor Friday night, hours after Jorelys was last seen on a playground at the complex.

During his sentencing hearing last week, Brunn said he killed the girl in an empty apartment around 5 p.m. that afternoon, after sexually molesting her. He killed her by slashing her throat, he said, and by hitting her in the head with a roller skate. He then dumped her body in the compactor.

In the interview and polygraph test with Keith Sitton, GBI special agent in charge of the polygraph unit,  Brunn appears nervous at times, pulling at his clothes and several times coughing into a closed fist as if to clear his throat. Other times, he seems to relax as Sitton engages him in casual conversation.

Sitton asks him about dropping out of school in the 10th grade, and tells him he should consider going back to high school. “You’re just 20," Sitton says. "It’s not too late to go back."

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