Officials offer few solutions as alleged rapist is freed

Due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively reestablished the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s tribal reservation in Oklahoma, an alleged serial rapist may never face trial. It’s the latest ripple effect of the court’s decision, which has upended longstanding police powers across eastern Oklahoma.

Leroy Jemol Smith, 50, is accused of several rapes that occurred between January 20, 1993, and October 3, 1995. Smith was arrested after DNA evidence identified him as a suspect in 2020.


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