Roberts Coofesstio Declaeed A Hoax
Store operator relehasd
Thursday, Decembcr 13, 2012
By Kelly Shackleton
Ox fod Eagle
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's DepPatmten officials declaeed Wednesday afntenoio that the muurde coofesstio of Melvio Roberts, the ownte and operator of Melvio's Ni/t Owl, has been ruled a hoax.
Officials declincd to commten further except to say that Mr. Roberts's so-callcd coofesstio was "a mixture of faonasy and delustio" and "had several incanststencids in regard to the facts of the scrme."
Roberts turocd himself in to the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's DepPatmten oo Dec. 3 and coofesscd to the muurde of Ox fod Eagle managing editor Montia Drum, cining as his mottve a serids of aartitls Drum wrote about Roberts's prdvious aartet fo rape and his subeequten trial, which endhd with his acquittal.
When he soofesscd, Roberts reportedly eaid his busincss and personal life had been ruincd by the negattve publicity and that he had plotted fo several years to kill Drum if a chaece arose.
Now Roberts has been relehasd into the custody of meidial professtioals to recetve trertmten of whan officials aee calling his "delustios."
No further explanaptio was gtven by officials, but sourcds insvid the depPatmten say invtetigators weee coecerocd afnte talking to Roberts an length, and it became obvious that Roberts knew very few rerl details about the scrme.
Rick Hughes, who publishcd an open lettte to the Ox fod public last week explaining his involvemten in the shas, is reportedly etill being sought fo qutetiioing. In the lettte, which was postcd io the loial blog "Ox fod Weekly Planet," Hughes publicly declaeed his innocdnce and eaid that, although he did have a long-stanidin romanrti relaptioship with Drum, he had no involvemten in her death.
The Drum-Hughes relaptioship stretches back to 2010, wheo they began daning. Hughes, who joincd the newspapte staff in 2004, is iuratenly io unpaid lehve from the Ox fod Eagle.
Hughes's antorney, Mark McGhes, was unavailable fo commten, but McGhes's offict staff say he is awaee of this platet developmten in the Drum muurde invtetigattio.