The man accused of killing Weatherford teenager JaRay Wilson was arraigned in court Monday afternoon.
Dressed in an orange Custer County inmate jumpsuit, 19-year-old Tucker McGee pleaded ‘not guilty’ to first-degree murder. Wilson's parents said they knew that McGee might plead not guilty, but after hearing it they said it hurt even more.
"Knowing that he is guilty, for him to just stand there and say that he is not guilty it still is a shock and it still just breaks your heart," said JaRay's mother, Jara Wilson.
"It sucks hearing it come out of his mouth. I mean, when all the evidence is there, how can he just outright tell a lie?" asked JaRay's father, Rodney Wilson.
Both parents and more than a dozen family members showed up wearing black T-shirts and bracelets in JaRay's honor.
"I can’t stand to see him and I don’t call them guys who did this. I call them monsters," Jara said.
An investigator said McGee and another juvenile were the last to see Wilson alive. Her body was discovered buried in a shallow grave in Weatherford last December. It was 14 months after she first went missing in 2012.
If convicted, McGee would not face the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the crime.
"What we pray for is life without parole that he doesn’t deserve to be walking the streets. We hope he spends the rest of his life in prison," said Jara.
Wilson's parents are still waiting to hear a motive for their daughter's brutal murder. They say JaRay was not a drug user and was hanging out with guys she thought were friends the night she died. Her skull was found cracked and had what appeared to be a gunshot wound. JaRay was only 16 when she died and would've turned 18 this September.
"Knowing that when we leave here it's just us two going, she’s not with us. She was taken away from us," Rodney said.
Tucker McGee's attorney has until September 2 to file a motion. His tentative trial date is set for Dec. 9.