The Duncan Banner

June 12, 2013

Marlow teen faces charges of murder in death of Alyssa Wiles

The Banner Staff
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Michael Anthony Ray of Marlow will be be charged with Murder in the First Degree-Deliberate Intent, in Stephens County District Court, today, in the death of Alyssa Wiles, 14, of Duncan.

Court documents have been filed, but as of 1:30 p.m. today he had not been taken into the courtroom to hear the official state charges. He is expected to appear in court before the end of the day.

The 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Stephens County Jail pending official state charges.

Alyssa was found dead in her home Monday just after 4 p.m., discovered by her father, Brad Wiles, upon his arrival home from work. Alyssa was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife, said Duncan Police Chief Dan Ford.

“Ray took us out and he pointed out the area where the weapon may be. We’re out searching with metal detectors and it’s not just laying out on the ground. There’s a lot of Johnson grass and weeds,” Ford said. Based upon Ray’s alleged confession and information provided, the visit to the Wiles home was intentional.

“Our information is, it looks planned to us. The clothes were burned, that he was wearing, and then run over with a lawnmower and we made some recovery on that.”

Ford said numerous hours of investigation went into finding who may have been involved and both Ray and another boy, age 14, had been questioned more than once during the early hours of that investigation. On Tuesday, both boys had been taken into custody.

“He (Ray) finally did confess late last night,” Ford said. The police chief did not know who Ray’s parents are, but said the suspect had been staying on and off with the 14-year-old and his mother.

“I can’t release his name,” he said of the younger boy, who is being brought to Stephens County Courthouse today for his initial appearance in juvenile court, which is closed to the public.

Ford said this probably does concern many parents, with the start of summer.

“Certainly know their acquaintances as well as you can.”