- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ARAPAHO, Okla. (AP) - A Custer County jury found a man guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday in the 2012 shooting death of a Weatherford teenager.

The jury deliberated for about two hours before convicting 20-year-old Tucker McGee in 16-year-old JaRay Wilson’s slaying.

Cody Godfrey, a prosecution witness, testified that he smoked synthetic marijuana with McGee and Wilson on October 14, 2012, and saw McGee shoot Wilson, KOKH-TV reported.

Wilson was reported missing that month. Her body was found about 14 months later in a shallow grave near Weatherford, and an autopsy found she died from two gunshot wounds to the head.

McGee’s defense attorney told jurors they should consider Godfrey an accomplice and question his testimony. Attorney Randolph Meacham also argued his client was high on K2 the night of the shooting and wasn’t capable of forming the criminal intent required for first-degree murder.

But prosecutors said McGee’s actions after the teenager’s death weren’t those of an innocent man. They played an audio recording between McGee and Godfrey in which McGee said he disposed of a gun used to kill Wilson. McGee said he feared investigators had found the girl’s body and told Godfrey not to talk to police.

Prosecutors also said McGee had told others he shot Wilson. They said he told Caleb McLemore, who pleaded guilty to helping take McGee back to the scene to help bury Wilson’s body. McLemore was sentenced to 25 years in prison to being an accessory, and 15 years of that sentence was suspended.

The jury recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole for McGee, who did not take the stand. He will be formally sentenced April 6.

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