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Ray To Be Tried As Adult for Wiles Murder

MARLOW Okla_The Marlow teen accused of killing 14-year-old Alyssa Wiles will be tried for first-degree murder as an adult.

Michael Ray is accused of stabbing Wiles to death back on June 10. Monday, Ray was back in a Stephens County courtroom for his preliminary hearing. Bradley Wiles, Alyssa's father, testified about the day he discovered his daughter's body in her bed. The judge also heard from a police investigator who questioned Ray and a 14-year-old boy who has been charged as an accessory to the crime. The investigator said Ray was questioned the day of the crime but wasn't arrested until the next day, after he was brought in a second time. He then reportedly said he wanted to confess.

Family and friends filled the courtroom Monday, and Alyssa's family is happy that her alleged killer will face a trial.

Shawna Rosenfelt, Alyssa's aunt, said seeing Ray in court Monday was painful.

"It's hard just facing him," Rosenfelt said. "We're happy with the way things are going right now, and we're happy for all the support everyone is giving us."

In support of Alyssa, many wore her favorite color lime green. The night before the killing, Alyssa supposedly ended a relationship with Ray. Three months later, the family remains heartbroken.

"We've had get-togethers with the family having that empty seat, one less at the table," Rosenfelt said. "Everyday there is something else that comes up, we want to call her, and we want to talk to her, but we just can't."

Now, they hope Ray sees the maximum sentence for the crime.

"Life without parole," Rosenfelt said. "State law says we can't get death penalty, so life without parole, no question."

The judge has set a formal arraignment for Michael Ray on October 17th. Until then, Ray will remain in the Stephens County Jail with no bond. Meanwhile, the 14-year-old being charged as a juvenile will continue to be held at the Comanche County Detention Center in Lawton.

 

 

 

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