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April 22, 2014

Man ordered jailed on 1999 rape charge

Moore says he’ll pursue case if witnesses ‘still available’

A man wanted since 1999 on a Muskogee County warrant for rape and kidnapping complaints was ordered held without bond Monday.

Charges were filed Jan. 13, 1999, against John Smithee. He also is charged with first-degree burglary.

Smithee, now 54, is being held in the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. He was arrested by a Muskogee County sheriff’s deputy, according to jail records.

“The only thing I know is we were notified he was arrested,” said Larry Moore, Muskogee County district attorney. “We were asked if we wanted to pursue it. We indicated we would. I know it’s been some time, but if our victim and witnesses are still available, we will pursue it.”

Court documents state that on or about Sept. 30, 1998, Smithee knocked on the door of a woman’s apartment on Muskogee’s west side. When she answered the door, he stepped inside and told her he would kill her if she didn’t drive him to Checotah.

The woman drove him there, and while they were near Lake Eufaula, he beat her, cut her, stripped her and raped her, the documents state.

At one point, he started to get out of the vehicle and ordered her to get out also. She pretended to do so, but once he was out, she locked the doors and drove away, the documents state.

Smithee’s record prior to the rape charge dated back to 1991. His convictions listed at the time of the rape charge being filed consisted of DUI, possession of a stolen vehicle, petit larceny, running a roadblock, possession of controlled substance and bail jumping. Those convictions were in Creek and Tulsa counties.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ records, Smithee has been incarcerated multiple times since 1998. The most recent records show he was released from DOC custody in 2003 and has been arrested since then.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.

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