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Man charged with killing grandfather due in court

By Staff | Jan 3, 2012

A man accused of killing his grandfather then deserting the body in a truck while stopped at a Cape Coral intersection has been charged by the state.

Clinton Travis Drake, 19, of 146 Pine Lane, Clewiston, has officially been charged by the State Attorney’s Office with second-degree murder in the death of John William Drake, 84. He is scheduled to be in court on Monday.

On Dec. 6, Cape police received a 911 call about a man slumped over at the wheel of a Dodge pickup at Veterans Parkway and Del Prado Boulevard , South. Arriving officers discovered John William Drake inside, bludgeoned to death.

Police began searching the surrounding areas. After a resident reported seeing a man running through a nearby neighborhood, Drake was located in the 1200 block of Southeast 26th Terrace and taken into police custody.

He reportedly told Cape detectives that he had killed his grandfather.

Drake is being held at the Lee County Jail without bond.

Assistant state attorney Marie Doerr is prosecuting the case.

Assistant public defender Beatriz Taquechel is representing Drake.