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November 24, 2007

Slaying suspect arrested on unrelated charges



A Muskogee man was arrested early Friday on six felony counts, including allegations he had plotted to kill law enforcement officers and others.

Jerry DeWitt Raney, 43, was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Friday in Haskell County. Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said Raney also is the chief suspect in the homicide of Raney’s 19-year-old stepdaughter, Sara Smart.

Smart, reported missing in late January 2006, was found Aug. 5, 2006, inside a barrel that had drifted onto the banks of a farm pond about five miles west of Haskell.

Raney is being held without bond in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on three counts of domestic assault and battery by strangulation and one count each of intimidation of a state’s witness, planning to perform acts of violence and domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor child.

Raney talked to a witness about killing several people, which include “police officers,” going into great detail as to how he would carry out the plan, a court document states.

Raney allegedly told the witness he had access to an assault weapon. He allegedly wanted to injure some of his victims and have them see others being killed as they arrived on the scene.

The witness said Raney talked about dreaming of when and where he would carry out his plans. He talked of his plan daily and sometimes several times during the day, the court document states.

The witness intimidation charge alleges Raney threatened his wife to keep her from appearing at a hearing.

In the domestic assualt and battery cases, he is accused of attacking his wife. In one instance, he allegedly placed his forearm across her neck and applied pressure until she lost consciousness.

Raney was visiting relatives in a rural area of Haskell County for the Thanksgiving holiday when Muskogee Chief Deputy Terry Freeman, who has known Raney since Raney was 14, talked Raney into surrendering. Raney was arrested without incident.

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