Charles Patrick Drew, Sex Offender Accused of Brutal Murder, Faces More Charges
The Orange County District Attorney's office today filed additional charges against Charles Patrick Drew, the 62-year-old transient, two-striker and registered sex offender accused of committing OC's eighth murder of the year. Joining the previously filed felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of rape, sodomy, and oral copulation, Drew now also faces felony counts of rape of an unconscious person, sodomy of unconscious victim, oral copulation of unconscious person, assault with a deadly weapon and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, as well as two counts of sexual penetration by foreign object of unconscious victim.
Drew, who has two prior strike convictions from 1995 for forcible rape and assault with a deadly weapon, faces a minimum of life in state prison without the possibility of parole with a conviction. That's because, as a special circumstances case, he is also eligible for the death penalty.
A 29-year-old woman who is not being identified because she was a victim of a sex crime was staying with Drew at the Motel 6 in Stanton, where he allegedly raped, sodomized and orally copulated her by force.
She died during the attack.
Drew is accused of trying to clean up the murder scene, walking outside the rented room and telling someone to call 9-1-1 because there was an unresponsive woman inside.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department responded, and deputies eventually arrested Drew, who is being held without bail pending a continued arraignment hearing scheduled for Aug. 16 in Santa Ana.
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