Weatherford man charged in JaRay Wilson's death in Custer County

A Weatherford man accused of killing high-profile missing person JaRay Wilson has been charged with first-degree murder in Custer County. Newly released records provide some insight into the alleged homicide but investigators did not provide a motive for the killing in court documents.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: December 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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— Prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges Friday against a Weatherford man in the killing of a 16-year-old girl whose disappearance led to a yearlong investigation.

Newly released records provide a glimpse into the case but investigators did not provide a motive for the killing of JaRay Wilson.

A probable cause affidavit filed Friday in Custer County alleges Tucker McGee, 19, fatally shot Wilson in October 2012 with a .22 caliber pistol.

The affidavit stated that at least two people, one of them a confidential informant, provided information to authorities that led to McGee's arrest on Tuesday.

The “cooperating individual” spoke with Tucker Tuesday while investigators listened in.

“After law enforcement-monitored conversations between the cooperating individual and Tucker McGee ... authorities confirmed their belief that Tucker McGee was involved in the homicide of JaRay Wilson,” David Sauls, a veteran agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, wrote in the affidavit.

Another man, Caleb McLemore, led authorities to the location of Wilson's body in a wooded area near Weatherford on Tuesday.

“McLemore told OSBI agents ... that Tucker McGee told him that he had shot and killed JaRay Wilson,” Sauls wrote in the affidavit.

“McLemore admitted that he provided Tucker McGee and another individual (known to law enforcement) a ride to the burial location on Oct. 15, 2012, so that McGee could bury the body of JaRay Wilson.”


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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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