OKLAHOMA – William Reece, 56, walked into an Oklahoma County courtroom Thursday morning, ignoring questions being thrown at him by reporters.
This is the first time Tiffany Johnston’s family has seen him in person.
“We were going to play stare down or do you recognize us or do you know why we’re here. But, he wouldn’t even acknowledge us,” said Johnston’s mom, Kathy Dobry.
Dobry said she’s waited 19 long years for this moment.
“It was a relief knowing that we actually got to see and he was actually here. I mean, when he first came back to Oklahoma on Tuesday and he was charged, it was like okay. But, now, we know he’s here,” she said.
Johnston, 19, was abducted from the Sunshine Car Wash in Bethany back in 1997.
Her body was discovered the next day in Cleveland County.
Reece is already serving a 60 year prison sentence for kidnapping another 19-year-old in Texas.
That woman was able to escape alive.
Just last year, investigators in Oklahoma used updated DNA technology to run evidence found on Johnston’s body.
It was a match to Reece.
Since being charged with Johnston’s murder, Reece has led authorities to two other sets of human remains in the Houston area.
He is linked to the disappearance of five different women.
“This is more for Tiffany. The other families in Houston, they got their say. And, now, it’s our turn. It’s justice for Tif,” Dobry said.
Reece pleaded not guilty to first degree and kidnapping charges at his arraignment on Tuesday.
His bond was denied.