Authorities make arrest in series of decades-old rape cases in Muskogee

Alleged serial rapist arrested in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Muskogee police, and the Muskogee district attorney announced an arrest Tuesday in a series of rape cases from the 1990s.

Authorities connected Leroy Jemol Smith to multiple rape cases in the area from Jan. 1993 to Oct. 1995.

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Smith is facing five counts of first-degree rape from the following dates:

  • Jan. 20, 1993
  • Feb. 3, 1993
  • July 16, 1993
  • Oct. 10, 1994
  • Oct. 3, 1995

Multiple tests pointed to Smith as the person responsible, court documents say.

Tulsa police had a sample of Smith’s DNA from a separate case he was acquitted of and that sample that documents say helped connect him to the crimes.

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Authorities accused Leroy Jemol Smith in a series of rape cases in the Muskogee area in the mid-1990s.
Authorities accused Leroy Jemol Smith in a series of rape cases in the Muskogee area in the mid-1990s. (Muskogee County Jail)