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McGee's trial, not trials

Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 4:29 PM

I don't claim to be an expert on anything. Place me in the category with Bum Phillips. former coach of the Houston Oilers, who once was quoted as saying, "an expert in just an ordinary fella out of town."

Edward McGee went to trial in Circuit Court here in October, 1967, for the murder of Phyllis Seibers. Why did he not go to trial for the murders of both Phyllis Seibers and Deborah Ray since both the little cousins were murdered on the same day in December, 1966, as they searched for discarded dolls in the old City Dump off Sims Road?

Or, why wasn't there a separate trial for the murder of Deborah Ray?

During the Seibers trial, there was testimony regarding the deaths of both children...and also that the Ray child had been sexually violated by some object.

This raises two questions in my little mind.

Could prosecutors even get any testimony regarding the Ray child in court today since McGee was only on trial for the Seibers death? Things have changed since 1966 and 1967.

Since McGee was found guilty only of the murder of Phyllis Seibers and there was no testimony she had been violated, does that mean that he won't have to register as a sex offender if he is released later this year?

McGee received a 99-year sentence for the Seibers murder...and he's serving that sentence now and scheduled to have the sentence completed sometime prior to or about October of this year. At most that comes out to 42 years.

Do you blame the Seibers family for being upset?

The Ray family definitely has reason to be very upset since the death and alleged sexual violation of Deborah Ray seems to have been essentially ignored.

That child had rights. Should those rights have been lost in a judicial shuffle?

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Bo, if there is evidence, they should re-open the case of Deborah Ray since there is no statute of limitations on murder. They may not be able to pin any of the sexual crimes against him, but they can certainly try him for her death and ensure he stays incarcerated. I know nothing of this crime aside from what I've read in the blogs, but I can't stand people messing with kids. If he did what he's been convicted of, that would stand to reason that he commited the additional murder as well. If that's the case, he should be held responsible for that one as well. Maybe if enough people raise this issue with the district attorney, they will look further into it.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Jan 2, 2008, at 4:37 PM

I agree with Thom on this. Let him spend the rest of his sick life paying for BOTH not just one...

-- Posted by Disgusted on Wed, Jan 2, 2008, at 6:24 PM

Would it take someone from the Ray family to request re-opening the case? Seems to me the family shouldn't have to request, it should just be automatic. Also, who decided not to try the Ray case? Two children together, related, same place, same day, same crime.....duh. This man deserves prison and only prison. The first tragedy here is the fact that he was only tried for one murder, the second is that he is actually going to be released alive. He should have to "rot" in prison.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 3:13 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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