published Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Monroe man arrested in 24-year-old Louisiana rape case

A 49-year-old Sweetwater man today was arrested today in a 1987 Louisiana rape case, according to a news release.

Tommy Ray Gurley, of 207 County Road 314 in Sweetwater, is charged in connection with the case in Louisiana, but the arrest could lead to other charges in states across the south, McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy said in the release.

“On Jan. 27, St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office detectives contacted the TBI with information that the suspect in the 24-year-old rape case might be residing in McMinn or Monroe County,” Guy said.

When Gurley’s DNA was entered into a national database in a 2008 arrest in North Carolina, St. Tammany Parish authorities were informed of a match, he said.

Louisiana authorities got a tip that Gurley might be in McMinn County.

Gurley is being held on a fugitive from justice warrant at the McMinn County Justice Center and is awaiting extradition to Louisiana.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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alohaboy said...

Wonder what he was busted for in NC that caused the DNA test.

February 9, 2011 at 12:12 p.m.
woody said...

While I am concerned for the victim in this long ago tragedy, I have to wonder aloud, what happened to the "Statute of Limitations?"

Or is there more to this story..oh wait..they said there would be more tomorrow. This is starting to sound like one of those "Tv ratings time teasers"...more at six..and film at 11....

Tune in again tomorrow..same bat time, same bat channel....


February 9, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.
dude_abides said...

I would think that if you are a suspect, you can't just run away and lay low til time runs out. If you could, the cliched reference would probably be "the small-to-medium sized arm of the law." Don't take my word for it , though, because, having never done anything to feel antsy or paranoid about, I bebop around with a clean conscience and don't pay much attention to things like statutes of limitations.

February 9, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
zwickau said...

dude_abides, there was a rape case involving a member of the local police department a few years ago. They claim that case couldn't be prosecuted because of statute of limitations. Or is that statute of limitation for such crimes only used when cops commit them?

February 9, 2011 at 9:58 p.m.
HannaBeckman said...

Typical white trash criminal, more than likely inbred!!!!

February 9, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Salsa said...

zwickau, The case is from Louisiana. Any Tennessee statute of limitations do not apply there.

February 9, 2011 at 10:41 p.m.
dude_abides said...

zwickau, wouldn't be surprised. Was the cop a suspect before the statute expired? Just doesn't seem like a POS could do something like that and disappear to another state for 3 years, then come back to town with impunity. Maybe I'll get through my whole life without needing to know the particulars of that seedy s**t. I bet Salsa's on to something there.

February 9, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.
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