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December 31, 2013

Ray pleads guilty to first-degree murder

DUNCAN — Michael Anthony Ray pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of 14-year-old Alyssa Wiles.

Around 11 a.m. Monday, Ray, 16, of Marlow, appeared in Stephens County District Court to withdraw a previously entered plea of not guilty and replace it with a plea of guilty. Through the guilty plea, Ray admitted to stabbing Wiles between six to eight times on June 10 and being present when she died.

No plea agreement was in place for Ray, and as such, he entered a blind plea. Ray faces a maximum of life in prison without parole. If sentenced to life in prison (as opposed to the lack of parole), he would have to serve 85 percent of the sentence. Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. March 5.

“I can’t tell you what’s going to happen today,” District Court Judge Joe Enos said. “I don’t know what the sentencing is going to be.”

Enos presented a series of questions to Ray to see ensure Ray understood the weight of his plea. Although Ray agreed to each of the questions, his attorney Jim Berry spoke for him on occasion.

“He’s fully aware of this case and his plea,” Berry said in Enos’ courtroom.

In follow up questions presented by Berry and District Attorney Jason Hicks, Ray said he went to Wiles’ home with the intent to kill her on June 10.

He had taken a knife from the kitchen of the home of a 14-year-old he was staying with. The 14-year-old faces a juvenile charge of accessory to murder in relation to Wiles’ death. The 14-year-old allegedly stood watch, while Ray went into Wiles’ home with intention to kill her.

Ray said he dated Wiles for a while, but she broke up with him June 8, two days before he went to her home with the knife. When he first entered her room, she was asleep, but she woke up. After she was awake, he stabbed her and stayed with her until she was dead, he said.

“He held her in his arms and apologized,” Berry said.

Ray’s trial was initially set for the January trial docket. His docket call was set for Jan. 2 and his trial would have been Jan. 13.

By entering a plea of guilty, Ray’s next appearance in court will be for March 5’s sentencing.

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