The Duncan Banner

August 1, 2013

Evaluation next up for teen accused of murder

Ray will be sent to Taliaferro Center

Mike Smith
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A Marlow teenager accused of killing a 14-year-old Duncan girl will undergo a mental evaluation before further court proceedings are held.

The defense attorney for Michael Anthony Ray, 16, filed an application in Stephens County District Court on Wednesday seeking an evaluation of his client.

The application says Ray is “deeply disturbed” and should be evaluated to address “issues of competency and other related mental disorders which could and may directly interfere with his ability to properly defend himself.”

Ray is charged with first-degree murder in the June 10 death of Alyssa Wiles. She was stabbed multiple times and was found in the bedroom of her home in Duncan later that day by her father.

Ray has pleaded not guilty. He is being tried as an adult and is being held without bond in the Stephens County Jail.

A 14-year-old boy accused of being a lookout for Ray during the alleged crime is charged with accessory to murder. The boy told police that Ray was upset at Wiles for breaking up with him.

Attorney Jim Berry, who was appointed to represent Ray, said in the court filing that he believes Ray is deeply disturbed and should undergo testing and analysis at the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita.

“Apparently, Mr. Ray has been treated on an inpatient basis in Memphis, Tennessee for significant mental disorders, according to the defendant,” the filing stated.

At least initially, Ray will undergo an evaluation by the Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center in Lawton. Any additional court proceedings are stayed until that is done.

Attorneys and a judge would review that mental health report before next steps in the case are taken.

It is possible that Ray, like some other criminal defendants in Oklahoma, could also be evaluated later at the Forensic Center in Vinita.