ARAPAHO — The Wilsons couldn’t stand to see their teenage daughter, JaRay, this way, a skeleton in Converse sneakers.
So when prosecutors displayed crime scene photos onto the wall of a Custer County courtroom during a hearing Monday, mother Jara Wilson shielded her eyes and turned. She wants to remember her daughter as the 16-year-old girl with a pierced smile who was well-liked and befriended everybody she met.
In the preliminary hearing, a Custer County judge ruled that enough evidence exists for Tucker McGee, 19, to face trial in the 2012 death of JaRay Mickell Wilson. The victim’s remains were found more than a year after she disappeared.
A 17-year-old witness described what he saw when Wilson was shot, and how he helped McGee bury her body in a rural area north of Weatherford called “Marijuana Field.” The 17-year-old, identified by prosecutors as “C.G.,” will receive a plea deal in exchange for his cooperation. He led authorities to the body last December.
McGee, of Weatherford, was arrested shortly after the body was found and was charged Dec. 20 with first-degree murder. He remains in the Custer County jail.
The witness said he drove McGee and Wilson to the field and pulled off the road so they could smoke K2 — a synthetic marijuana that has sent users to hospital emergency rooms reporting psychotic effects.
C.G. said the trio smoked K2 for two-and-a-half hours, though Wilson was mostly sending text messages on her phone rather than smoking with them. McGee had shown C.G. a gun earlier that day, and joked about shooting Wilson, which C.G. brushed off as sarcasm, he testified.