A combination of the Muskogee County District Attorney, Muskogee police and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have arrested Leroy Jemol Smith, 50, in connection with a string of rapes in Muskogee from 1993 to 1995, according to law enforcement sources and a press release from the OSBI.
There were five known victims of the rapist in Muskogee during those years, all describing a similar perpetrator.
Smith has an extensive history of charges and convictions — and one acquittal on a double homicide in Tulsa.
The agencies will announce details of the arrest and cases at 1 p.m. today, according to the OSBI.
Oklahoma has a statute of limitations of 12 years on filing rape cases, with the exception of cases where DNA is present and subsequently used to identify the perpetrator. Since investigators did have and use DNA evidence in this case to identify Smith, his case will not be subject to the statute of limitations.
UPDATE: The affidavit filed in Muskogee County District Court says the Muskogee cases match the description and DNA profile of Smith. He was identified after Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge asked the OSBI last September to run a special kind of DNA test that could identify families of suspects — and then more analysis to identify Smith specifically.
Tulsa police still had a saliva sample from Smith’s double-homicide case, in which he was acquitted due to a faulty time stamp on a store’s security camera. Loge obtained that saliva sample and had it run against the DNA obtained from four of the five rape scenes.
The saliva and the DNA obtained from the four scenes were from the same person, the affidavit states. The DNA matches Smith’s DNA, the affidavit continues.
You can read the affidavit here.
From January 1993 to October 1995, Smith is alleged to have raped at least five women ranging in age from 19 to 40. In all but one case, the rapist approached unsuspecting women and calmly told them he would kill them if they didn’t take off clothing and then he penetrated them with his finger and penis. DNA was obtained from four of the five rape scenes. In the fifth and final known case, the victim woke up with the rapist on top of her, hand around her neck.
All five women described the man as black, average height and muscular and slender build, which the OSBI says matches Smith’s description during the time period. They also established that he lived in Muskogee at that time. The FBI had previously established that all five cases were related.
Loge is asking for any other potential victims of the serial rapist to come forward and contact his office at 918-682-3374.