Meridian police make arrest in 2002 murder case

Published 4:57 pm Friday, October 12, 2007

Meridian police have charged a man serving a rape sentence with the 2002 murder of Michael Drake, who was gunned down outside a building.

Police Chief Benny Dubose said Willie Wright, 58, of Meridian, has been charged in Drake’s Aug. 21, 2002, slaying.

“They were friends at one point and time. There was a dispute between the two of them which we feel may have led to this crime,” Dubose said Wednesday. “We have established a motive. We have physical evidence that links Mr. Wright to the murder. We don’t feel comfortable right now releasing anything concerning the motive, but we are pretty sure we have a good case against Mr. Wright.”

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Dubose said Wright is currently in prison serving time for an unrelated rape conviction.

Dubose said the case will be presented to the next Lauderdale County grand jury.