James E. Fullbright Jr., 77

Born March 6, 1943

Died August 6, 2020

Jodi Lynnetta Jones-Sallis, 34

Born January 19, 1986

Died August 5, 2020

Mary Lavonne Peebles, 89

Born July 26, 1931

Died August 3, 2020

Benji Ray Hotema, 42

Born March 23, 1978

Died August 3, 2020

Angela Ashwood, 69

Born February 9, 1951

Died August 1, 2020


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Monday, July 27, 2020, 9:00 AM

Leroy Jemol Smith

Although Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge spent years and tons of effort coordinating with law enforcement agencies to track him down, he won’t be trying the case of Leroy Jemol Smith, who is accused of raping at least five women in Muskogee in the 1990s.

Smith is a member of the Choctaw tribe, so his case was moved on Friday to federal court because Natives cannot be tried in state courts inside Native jurisdiction.

In the affidavit for probable cause, the FBI noted that DNA taken from the victims and matched to Smith had a “1 in 221 quintillion” chance of being someone else’s DNA besides Smith’s. Since the entire population of the world is 7.7 billion, it’s considered statistically impossible for the DNA to not be Smith’s. Smith also lived less than a mile from the victim.

The DNA found on each of the victims matches Smith, according to the affidavit.