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Authorities announce arrest of Muskogee serial rape suspect

Posted at 12:03 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 15:22:14-04

MUSKOGEE — District 15 District Attorney Orvil Loge, the Director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Ricky Adams and Muskogee Police Chief Johnny Teehee held a news conference on the arrest of a Muskogee serial rape suspect.

The series of rape cases happened in Muskogee between January 1993 and October 1995, officials say.

District Attorney Loge said Tulsa police arrested Leroy Jemol Smith on five counts of rape on June 9 around 3 p.m.

According to affidavit, in January 2020, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation sent a DNA sample to a laboratory called Parabon NanoLabs for Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching.

On May 29, 2020, Parabon NanoLabs reported a likely subject for their analysis of the DNA extract was Leroy Jemol Smith.

On Monday, June 1, 2020, agents found that Tulsa Police Department had a saliva sample from Leroy Smith from a 2005 homicide investigation. Smith had been charged for the homicide and later acquitted.

Agents picked up the sample from TPD and submitted the sample to the OSBI Forensic Science Center in Edmond.

On June 5, OSBI reported Smith's DNA was a match with DNA from one of the victims. All victims have been connected to the suspect, according to the affidavit.

Watch the full news conference in video player above.

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