Tulsa DA: Police Had Their Man In Rape Suspect Desmond Campbell - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Tulsa DA: Police Had Their Man In Rape Suspect Desmond Campbell

Posted: Updated:
Tim Harris addresses the media. Tim Harris addresses the media.
Desmond Campbell. Desmond Campbell.
Photo of Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan speaking to reporters. Photo of Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan speaking to reporters.
Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris held a news conference Tuesday in connection to the Tulsa serial rape suspect investigation.

He said he wants the public to know the police case against suspect Desmond Campbell is strong, and although justice won't take place in a court room, police have their man.

"This suspect was the suspect in the series of rapes," Harris said.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol notified the DA and Tulsa Police at 11:23 a.m. Tuesday that Campbell had died. Police said Campbell had been in a coma since wrecking a car on Sunday, June 29, 2014 just minutes after the most recent sexual assault was reported.

Harris says the public deserves to know the facts that led his office to approve 23 charges against Campbell.

Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler thanked the police, the public and the victims for their work together. He said the justice Campbell will face will come from a "higher authority."


Full Coverage: Tulsa Sexual Assault Investigation

Chief of Police Chuck Jordan wanted people to know that there is no doubt Campbell is the man who attacked the victim who helped police with a composite picture.

DNA evidence linked Campbell to her home, Jordan said.

Campbell's death does not mean the community should let down its guard as other possible dangers still exist, DA Harris stressed.

"People have to be aware. We know this probably won't be the last sexual assault in Tulsa County."

7/7/2014 Related Story: Court Documents Detail Tulsa Police Case Against Serial Rape Suspect

Harris said we should not live our lives in fear, "but in complete observation of what could happen."

Documents released Monday show strong evidence against Campbell. Search warrants describe the long and violent attacks police said seven Tulsa women endured at the hands of Campbell. They said he terrorized them, assaulted them and then stole from them in an apparent attempt to protect himself from prosecution.

At Tuesday's news conference, Harris said ethics prevent police and prosecutors from discussing forensic evidence gathered against Campbell. He said now that Campbell is dead that restriction no longer applies. Harris released copies of the probable cause affidavit to the media at the end of the news conference.

Police say Campbell forced the women to wash after the attacks and took one woman's nightgown and bedding. Still, that didn't erase all the DNA evidence at the victims' homes, police say.

The search warrants also say police found dark clothing, hoodies, gloves and knives in Campbell's apartment. Evidence from the victims' homes was also found in Campbell's car, police say.

Watch the news conference by clicking on the videos above, or if you are on our mobile site or app, go to the Videos category.


Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.