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Oklahoma man accused of smothering wife in 2009 cold case faces trial

POTEAU, Okla. – An Oklahoma judge has set an arraignment date for a 39-year-old man in the 2009 smothering death of his wife.

Donald Bocephus Wilson will be arraigned Jan. 16 in LeFlore County on a count of first-degree murder in the death of his 23-year-old wife, Jody Rilee-Wilson.

LeFlore County District Attorney Jeffrey Smith says Donald Wilson caused his wife’s death by “placing a piece of plastic over her face and smothering and suffocating her.”

A man who was paragliding above Runestone State Park near Heavener discovered the victim’s remains in May 2009.

The Southwest Times Record reports that Donald Wilson’s mother, Edith Kathryn Wilson, was also in court Friday and faces one count of being an accessory after the fact. She’ll be arraigned Jan. 9.

Smith believes Edith Wilson helped her son move Jody Rilee-Wilson’s body from the place he killed her to the state park.

Jody Rilee-Wilson's death had been a cold case until May, when Donald Wilson's father gave Oklahoma investigators information implicating his son.

The father also told authorities Jody Rilee-Wilson wanted to take the couple's daughter and move back to New Jersey.

The daughter now lives there with her maternal grandparents.