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He was such a frequent figure on local TV news his 6-foot-3, pound frame looming over stacks of confiscated drugs or cash that Sunday evening newscasts were nicknamed "The Harold Ray Presley Show. It started that hot July night around 8 when it's believed Billy Ray Stone kidnapped a Tupelo woman at gunpoint, then fled a roadblock in his truck, the woman by then naked in the passenger seat and bound with duct tape. Presley joined the chase around midnight.
At one point, the woman tumbled from Stone's vehicle, and the close-tailing Presley, according to tapes of that night's radio transmissions, thought he had run over her. The woman died the next day from injuries to her liver. Stone eventually crashed and bolted into the woods. Presley found him in an empty building around 4 a. Initial reports said both Presley and Stone were killed by each other's gunfire, with Presley pushing a deputy out of the way and saving his life. Six bullets hit Presley. He was pronounced dead before sunrise.
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Stone's autopsy report listed his cause of death as both a bullet wound to the chest and blunt force trauma to the head. Deputies reported over the radio after the shootout that they had Stone "in custody. Then the feds moved in. Presley's funeral lured much of northeast Mississippi, with 2, attendees and a procession that stretched nearly four miles. At the church service, a montage of news clips assembled by a local TV station unreeled in slow motion, showing Presley presiding at drug busts and other sheriff's actions.
Patrick Presley, 29, awaits a court date from his Oxford, Miss. What the family awaits most anxiously, however, is the trial of the sheriff's deputies charged in Stone's death. It's scheduled for October. The Stone and Presley lawsuits could rely heavily on the outcome. Beyond that, the secrecy surrounding the federal investigation has spawned rumors all over town about what really happened that night.
The Presleys hope the trial will put all that to rest. Harold Ray's widow, Charlene Presley, is consumed with Byzantine conspiracy theories about her husband's death and her children's arrests. Inside her small apartment on the outskirts of town, she shows a visitor Harold Ray's autopsy report, pointing to highlighted passages she says reveal inconsistencies. She reaches for scrap paper to diagram failed murder attempts she says dogged her husband for years. With her blue eyes wide and blazing, Charlene Presley sees enemies everywhere, at every level: drug dealers, sheriff's deputies, judges.
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She opens a Bible to Ephesians "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against. Harold Ray's office, which Larry now occupies, is stripped of everything Elvis. Displayed instead are photos of Harold Ray and every other Tupelo officer killed in the line of duty.
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Many Presleys here used to make the tourist pilgrimage to Graceland during what's known in Memphis as "Death Week. They had their own version last month in Tupelo, when more than 70 friends and relatives gathered for a candlelight vigil by Harold Ray's grave. They have their own troubled, dead Presley to tend to now.
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