Houston man allegedly admits to 1997 murder of Bethany teen

4/24/2017 - A Houston man suspected of murdering multiple women in Oklahoma and Texas allegedly confessed to investigators to the killing of a teen newlywed at a Bethany car wash in 1997.

William Lewis Reece, 57, is charged in Oklahoma County with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the abduction and death of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston.

At Reece's April 21, preliminary hearing, prosecutors argued that Reece reportedly confessed to Johnston's murder during a March 1, interview with authorities.

According to Texas Ranger James Holland, Reece had stopped at a Bethany car wash to clean his trailer. While there, he sprayed Johnston with water and that started an argument. Reece said he hit Johnston, grabbed her and threw her into his trailer. Reece said he then sexually assaulted Johnston.

Afterwards, Reece told investigators that Johnston hit Reece in the head with a horseshoe. Reece retaliated by strangling Johnston to death with a rope.

It was revealed that Reece knew Johnston's parents and sister, but that he had never met Tiffany Johnston and only learned he knew her family after the murder.

Reece is currently being held Texas (since 1998) on an aggravated kidnapping conviction.

Reece is also suspected of murdering 20-year-old University of N. Texas student Kelli Ann Cox and Jessica Cain, 17.

Reece may also be involved in the 1997 murder of 12-year-old Laura Kate Smither of Friendswood, Texas.