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December 27, 2013

January trial docket to include Ray murder trial

DUNCAN — A Marlow teen facing murder in the first degree will be among those on the January trial docket in Stephens County District Court.

Michael Anthony Ray, 16, faces a murder charge in relation to the stabbing death of 14-year-old Alyssa Wiles, who was murdered in June. In September, Ray was deemed competent to stand trial, and a motion to reclassify Ray as juvenile was denied in October.

District Attorney Jason Hicks said Ray is just one of several high profile cases set for trial in the coming month.

“I anticipate some of the co-defendants out of the convenience store robberies will go to trial,” Hicks said.

Three convenience store robberies took place at the end of March. Four Duncan men were arrested for alleged involvement in the robberies, including Tre Demetrius Babineaux, 18, Dakota John Smith, 19; Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20; and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.

Earlier this month, Babineaux was sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but the first 15 years suspended for each count. The counts will run consecutively, for a total of 15 years Babineaux will serve.

He was also remanded to pay court fees and $1,360.70 in restitution.

Other cases Hicks expects to be on the January trial docket include John Judson Claxton, 33, of Wilson, who faces manslaughter in the first degree after two or more former convictions of felonies for an incident that occurred in Velma; various individuals from a controlled dangerous substance round up; Ricky Lee Torrez, 33, of Marlow, who faces the child abuse by injury; and Billy Dean Orum Jr., 34, of Duncan, who faces charges including lewd or indecent proposals or acts to child under 16 after former conviction of a felony, and distribution of pornography.

Hicks said docket call is still days away. Through the docket call, all of the cases up for trial will be determined.

“We’ll know a whole lot more after docket call,” he said.

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