Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Clewiston's Clint Drake Charged With Grandfather's Murder

Youth Bludgeoned Grandfather By Hammer Then Slit Throat With Knife

CLEWISTON, FL.-- In what has been described as a very troubled youth, Clinton Travis Drake, 19 of Clewiston has been charged with a bizarre 2nd degree murder of his grandfather, 84-year old John William Drake.

Both were from Clewiston, and according to the arrest report Clinton Drake was living in a double-wide manufactured home at 146 Pine Lane, in the rural Flaghole subdivision, west of Clewiston.

(Photo: Clinton Travis Drake)

Officers were called to Del Prado Boulevard and Veteran's Parkway in Cape Coral, Florida about 4 p.m. Monday after a motorist reported a dead man in a Dodge 2500 pickup truck and blood dripping from the door.

Drake reportedly stopped at a traffic light at the location, and jumped from the vehicle and ran when he spotted a traffic camera on the light pole.

Drake was then reported by witnesses swimming in a canal nearby, and then captured at a home at 1206 SE 26 Street in Cape Coral and placed under arrest after a struggle with officers just after midnight Tuesday morning.

He reportedly told investigators he hit his grandfather with a hammer several times after an argument at the Clewiston home and then cut his throat, then covered the body with a blanket and drove to Fort Myers.

John Drake, according to Hendry property records lived at 5739 West Highway 27 on about 70 acres of sugar cane land.

Clinton Drake had been arrested in Hendry county on June 20, 2011 charged with possession of burglary tools with intent to use (attempted burglary), loitering or prowling, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He was released from LaBelle's jail with $2000 bond on September 2nd and was set for a pre-trial conference at the Hendry courthouse on those charges on January 13th.

At his first court appearance Tuesday morning in Fort Myers, he was strapped unclothed to a wheel chair and covered with an anti-suicide suit. He was denied bond by the judge.

Update: Obituary for John William Drake

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