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Suspect Charged in Killing of DC Man Who Disappeared After Internet Date

Almost a year ago, 22-year-old Marty McMillan Jr. disappeared after going to meet a woman he talked with on a dating website. On Tuesday, D.C. police announced charges in his death. 

The woman's boyfriend, 40-year-old John McRae of Southeast D.C., was charged with second-degree murder while armed. 

The victim, Marty McMillan Jr., of Landover, Maryland, vanished in April 2017; his remains were found in a wooded area six months later.

Police have said McMillan was shot to death in the home of an apparent stranger in D.C. after he arranged a date via the website Plenty of Fish.

McMillan's grandmother Forlesia Cook said the charges brought her some comfort.

"It brings to us more closure. We thank God for it. We think we may get justice," she said. "It doesn't bring him back. Nothing can."

Police believe McMillan saw three people the night he was killed: John McRae, his live-in girlfriend and their friend who lived next door. According to court documents, McRae told detectives his girlfriend was known to set up people for robberies. 

McRae's girlfriend told police McMillan had come to her apartment early the morning of April 23, 2017, and that McRae shot him there. McRae and his brother then dumped McMillan's body near a highway, court documents say.

Police examined evidence including cellphone records, fingerprints found in McMillan's car, the records of a court-ordered GPS monitor and a bed sheet found by a cadaver-sniffing dog. 

Messages McMillan exchanged with a woman he met on the dating website Plenty of Fish provided other clues. Cellphone records show McMillan exchanged messages with someone using a phone registered to McRae's girlfriend.

While McRae, his girlfriend and their neighbor each were charged with crimes and each told police they had knowledge of the killing of McMillan, only McRaewas charged in the killing. 

Police said Tuesday that additional charges are possible. 

Cook, the victim's grandmother, said she wants to see the other two people charged.

"They're all accessories to the fact, as far as I'm concerned. They all should be brought to justice. Whether they get the same charge as the killer may be different, but they should be charged for something," she said.

When McMillan vanished, he had just started a new job as an electrician, and his grandmother had just bought him a 2003 Volkswagen Passat.

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McRae already was in custody on another charge when police announced the murder charge.

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