The Duncan Banner

June 13, 2013

Marlow teen held without bond in murder charge

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Michael Anthony Ray of Marlow is being held without bond on the charge of Murder in the First Degree with Deliberate Intent, in Stephens County Jail. The 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday and appeared Wednesday in Stephens County District Court.

According to court documents and Duncan Police Chief Dan Ford, Ray is suspected in the death of Alyssa Dawn Wiles, 14, of Duncan.

She was found in her bedroom Monday, shortly after 4 p.m. by her father, Brad Wiles. Her parents, Brad and Angela, had last seen her alive around 7:30 a.m. before they went to work.

It was determined by a state medical examiner that Alyssa was stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife, said Ford.

“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 the investigation. On Tuesday, both boys had been taken into custody.

“He (Ray) finally did confess late last night (Tuesday),” Ford said. The police chief said he did not know who Ray’s parents are, but that 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  in custody at a juvenile detention facility in Lawton. He was transported to Duncan to Stephens County Courthouse Wednesday for his initial appearance in juvenile court, which is closed to the public.

According to the affidavit, the younger boy said he was not inside the home during the attack and alleges he did not see what happened, but that Ray told him he had killed Alyssa. The younger boy told detectives that Ray said he was mad at her and was going to talk to her because she had broke up with him.

Ray had been arrested by District Attorney Investigator Justin Scott at a residence on Abney Road in Marlow. At that time, he would not admit or deny anything, according to the affidavit.

Ford said that Ray provided a confession late Tuesday.

“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,” Ford said mid-afternoon Wednesday. “There’s a lot of Johnson grass and weeds.”

Based upon Ray’s alleged confession and information provided, the visit to the Wiles home was intentional, the chief said.

Ford said the death of Alyssa probably causes concern for many parents, especially with the start of summer.

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

This is the first homicide of the year for Duncan. On June 6, 2012, Velma teen Braylee Rae Henry was murdered. The one-year anniversary of her death was a week ago today. The man who has been charged with first degree murder, Miles Sterling Bench, 22, is on the trial docket for August.

The last homicide for Duncan was in March 2012.