ARAPAHO, Okla. – A man accused of killing a teenage girl was in court for his formal arraignment.
On Monday, 19-year-old Tucker Ryan McGee pleaded ‘not guilty’ to first-degree murder charges related to the disappearance and death of 16-year-old JaRay Wilson in 2012.
“Knowing that he’s guilty, for him to be able to stand there and say ‘not guilty’, it still was a shock,” Wilson’s mother, Jara, said, “and it still just breaks your heart.”
Wilson’s body was discovered in a shallow grave near Weatherford in December, more than a year after she went missing in October of 2012.
“We’d still like to know why he did it,” Jara said, “but we’ve thought of every scenario we could think of.”
A 17-year-old witness will receive a plea deal in exchange for his cooperation with authorities.
The juvenile claimed he witnessed McGee shoot Wilson and bury her body in the woods.
An OSBI affidavit alleges McGee shot Wilson with a .22 caliber pistol, and autopsy reports confirmed she died from two gunshot wounds to her head.
JaRay’s parents say they want McGee to receive the death penalty.
However, that’s not an option, because McGee was a juvenile at the time of JaRay’s death.
“What we pray for is life without parole,” Jara said. “He doesn’t deserve to be walking the streets and we hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.”
McGee’s tentative trial date was set for December 9th.