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January 2, 2014

January docket call to determine trials

DUNCAN — When trial docket call rolls around this morning, Stephens County District Court will have one less felony to deal with.

Because of Monday’s guilty plea in the first-degree murder case against 16-year-old Michael Anthony Ray of Marlow, the lone murder case set for a January trial will no longer go to court. Ray will not be sentenced for the stabbing death of 14-year-old Alyssa Wiles until March 5. Wiles was murdered June 10 in her home.

District Attorney Jason Hicks said the defense in Ray’s case submitted several motions, including a motion to try Ray as a juvenile. When that motion was overruled by Special District Judge Jerry Herberger, the defense motioned for a dismissal, which was also overruled.

“Basically, there’s not a mandatory life without parole,” Hicks said. “You can get life. The decision was overruled. And about 45 minutes later, he was changing his plea to guilty.”

Although Ray will not be facing the docket call, Hicks said there will be several other felony cases possibly going to trial in January.

“There’s some other cases of interest coming up on the trial docket,” Hicks said.

Among the felony cases set for the trial docket is a case against Billy Dean Orum Jr., 34, of Duncan. Orum faces charges including lewd or indecent proposals or acts to a child under 16 after former conviction of a felony and distribution of pornography.

Hicks said the case against Ricky Lee Torrez, 33, of Marlow, may also be on the trial docket. Torrez faces the charge of child abuse by injury.

Some men allegedly involved in a string of three convenience store robberies may also be on the trial docket. Of the four Duncan men arrested for the robberies, Tre Demetrius Babineax, 18, has already pleaded guilty. Babineax was sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but the first 15 years suspended for three counts. The counts will run consecutively for a total of 15 years he will serve.

The other men arrested for the robberies included Dakota John Smith, 19, Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20, and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.

Hicks said some individuals arrested in a drug sweep may also appear in Thursday’s trial docket call. The arrests took place in August.

The January trial docket call is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in Stephens County District Court.

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