Man Arrested in Arkansas for Alleged Involvement in Three Killings

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Written By Angela Angela






A man was arrested in Arkansas for escalating violent behavior linked to at least three killings in Oklahoma and Alabama. Stacy Lee Drake, 50, was arrested by Morrilton police and Arkansas State Police, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Capt. Jack Kennedy stated that Drake had a history of escalating violent behavior, possibly responsible for three or four homicides in the last two months. Kennedy also mentioned the possibility of unsolved homicides in other jurisdictions due to Drake’s lifestyle of using false names, having no fixed address, and fleeing scenes.

Residents in and around Morrilton were warned by Arkansas State Police to be cautious. Drake, who appeared to be transient with previous addresses in Oklahoma and Arizona, had spent time in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, where two people were killed at a propane gas store and a car was stolen.

In Tuscaloosa County, Drake was accused of killing Russell Andrews, 62, a well-liked Alcoholics Anonymous counselor. Andrews was shot to death on or about May 14. Russell Andrews Jr., his son, described him as a very likable and giving person who enjoyed helping others with alcohol or drug addiction.

Drake is also considered a “person of interest” in the death of Phillip Emerson, 56, in El Reno, Oklahoma. El Reno Assistant Police Chief Kirk Dickerson said Emerson’s death was determined to be a homicide. Drake is wanted by federal authorities for violating the terms of his release, with federal convictions for carjacking and illegal transport of firearms.

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