Carter County sheriff’s deputies located Ricky McGee Jr. Sunday when they responded to a report of two people inside a vacant rural Lone Grove residence. McGee, 28, and his 35-year-old companion, Monica Roberts, also known as Monica Smith, were arrested and booked into the Carter County Detention Center. They were both charged in Carter County District Court Monday.
Sheriff Milton Anthony said deputies found McGee after his office received a tip the man, wanted as a person of interest in the two gang-related murders a week ago, and his reported girlfriend were having an unauthorized camp out in a house located on Badger Road.
“We were told Ricky was there and to be careful. The deputies got to the house and knocked on the door — no answer. They went around to a window and knocked again, and she answered. They told her to open the door, which she did. They asked where Ricky was, and she said she didn’t know. They found him hiding under a bed,” Anthony said.
McGee was charged with a misdemeanor breaking and entering dwelling without permission. He made an initial appearance in district court Monday afternoon, promptly posted the $2,000 bond attached to the charge and was released from the county jail.
Roberts was charged with the same misdemeanor as McGee, and obstructing an officer and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as felony possession of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $40,000. Roberts also faces a motion to accelerate a deferred sentence she received on a 2013 possession of controlled substance conviction. She remains detained pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of her case.
Although McGee was behind bars for approximately 24 hours, the fact that he was in custody didn’t result in the face-to-face interview Ardmore investigators sought. McGee was named a person of interest in the June 29 gun-shot slaying of Volanta Anderson and the similar murder of Ella Loftis on June 30. But Capt. Eric Hamblin, Ardmore Police Department Patrol Division and public information officer, said McGee refused to submit to an interview with detectives concerning the killings that have been described as gang-related.
Has McGee’s refusal to cooperate changed his status in the murder probe? “No,” said Capt. Kevin Norris late Tuesday afternoon. McGee, as well as O’shay Brown, remain the top persons-of-interest contenders. Norris said investigators still want to talk with McGee, and continue to seek Brown for a similar interview. Three other local men, who were initially also named persons of interest, voluntarily turned themselves in last week and were subsequently removed from the list.
And although police continue to receive information concerning the shooting of Anderson at a South Commerce Street bar and the slaying of Loftis on the front porch of her A Street NE residence, Norris said detectives know there are still some witnesses who have first-hand knowledge of the murders who have not yet come forward. Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators at police headquarters or by calling (580) 223-1212.