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New release date for McGee

Posted Friday, March 7, 2008, at 3:58 PM

There was a change made today in the release date of Edward McGee from Northeast Correctional Facility.

McGee, charged with the first degree murder in the December,1966, deaths of Phyllis Seibers and her cousin Deborah Ray, has been to trial only for the Seibers death. He received a 99-year sentence in Circuit Court here in October, 1967. No trial has ever been held for Ray's death.

McGee, 19 at the time, is now scheduled to be released March, 29, 2009.

He is presently receiving 15 days off his sentence for each month served.

The little girls, ages 8 and 9 at the time of their deaths, were hunting for discared dolls in the old city dump off Sims Road when they were murdered.

At the present rate of sentence reduction McGee will be released sometime in the fall of this year.

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I find that rather scary thinking McGee will be free so soon.

I would like to know if he has plans to return to Shelbyville or not.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 7:01 PM

Can McGee still be put on trial for the Ray girl's murder?

Who's call is that?

I'm guessing the local DA.

42 years for a 99 year sentence... not enough.

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 7:43 PM

If you'll contact me at home Farmer Bill I can explain a few things I'm really not comfortable with saying in this format at this time.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 10:58 PM

I understand... I was 25 years old at the time this happened and remember it well. In today's world this case would have been handled a lot different. There were lots of rumors floating around at the time, some true and some not.

Any way you slice it, 42 years is not enough for killing two little girls.

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 8:50 AM

I completely agree that he hasn't served sufficent time for the murders. See website below that is a online petition:


-- Posted by crharris84 on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 9:28 AM

Would a trial for Deborah Ray even be a possibility now since most involved in the investigation are deceased or very old now? How would this work? And why didn't it then?

-- Posted by countrymom on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 4:44 AM

Countrymom, there could be a trial for the death of Deborah Ray. I took the photographs at the crime scene. That is one reason why I now only mention the murders each time days are knocked off McGee's release date.

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Mar 10, 2008, at 4:17 PM

I wasn't even born when this happened but I heard about it years later. Why was there never a trial for the Ray girls death?

-- Posted by time2relax on Thu, Mar 13, 2008, at 11:39 AM

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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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