JAY — A convicted rapist will stand trial in the disappearance and death of a Jay woman who was last seen in 1996.
John Lee Weeks, 46, of Gentry, Ark., is charged in Delaware County District Court with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Barbara Ann Johnson-Willard, 29.
Eight witnesses testified during the two-day preliminary hearing, which ended Wednesday. Special Judge Alicia Littlefield ordered Weeks to be back in court Sept. 4.
Johnson-Willard was reported missing June 17, 1996. Days later, her red Mercury Cougar was found in a ravine on a farm in southern Delaware County.
Steve Nutter, a retired Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent, testified Tuesday the case was opened June 27, 1996, as a missing person and a possible homicide.
“Her remains have never been found,” Nutter said.
Sherry Johnson, Johnson-Willard's sister-in-law, said, “Hopefully he will tell us where her remains are.”
Sandra Lowe testified she tried to get law enforcement officers to come to her residence for four days after a suspicious-looking car with a pungent odor was found on her property.
“There was no car tag, and there was a red gas rag hanging out of the gas tank,” Lowe said.
When the deputy arrived, he found the vehicle identification number and raised the trunk lid.
“When he raised the trunk, I ran backward because it stank,” Lowe said.