Teen to face
trial as adult
A teenager accused of killing a 14-year-old Oklahoma girl will stand trial as an adult on a first-degree murder charge after a judge rejected a defense request to move the case to juvenile court. Michael Anthony Ray, 16, is charged in the June stabbing death of Alyssa Wiles, of Duncan. In court Monday, Judge Jerry Herberger ruled there was sufficient evidence for Ray to stand trial on the murder charge. Ray's attorney, Jim Berry, had filed a motion to stop the teen's preliminary hearing and send the case to juvenile court. The judge set an Oct. 17 arraignment on the charge. If convicted of first-degree murder, Ray faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole because juveniles cannot be sentenced to death. Last month, a judge ruled Ray was mentally competent to stand trial in the case. Authorities have said Alyssa was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in her home. A 14-year-old boy told authorities that Ray went to Alyssa's home because he was upset she had broken up with him. That 14-year-old boy has been charged as a juvenile accessory to murder.
Suspect in bank robberies arrested
FBI agents and Norman police early Tuesday arrested a man who is suspected of robbing two banks while disguised as a woman. John Paul Matthews, 44, of Norman, was arrested about 2:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of Classen Boulevard. Matthews was wanted in the robbery Monday of Republic Bank and Trust, 1200 E Lindsey, and the Sept. 27 robbery of Arvest Bank, 1335 W Lindsey St., according to an FBI news release. Matthews was taken to the Grady County jail. He faces federal bank robbery charges in both robberies, the FBI reported.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Police are warning Oklahoma City residents of a scam involving two black men with African accents after an 83-year-old victim lost $10,000. The men approach an individual at a parking lot and showed the person a large sum of cash. The men tell a story about how they obtained the money and how they want someone in America to donate some of it to charity, according to the incident reports. As a sign of trust, the individual is asked to withdraw cash from his or her bank account. The individual gives the money to the two men, who then flee with all the money. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.