Prosecutors told a judge on Monday that a man accused of killing two sex offenders was not planning on stopping with just the two killings. Patrick Drum remained jailed without bail. The Clallam County Sheriff said in court that Drum had left a signed note in his rental car said that he hated sex offenders and that the killings had to be done.
Drum was taken into custody on Sunday facing two counts of first degree murder and one count of burglary after he allegedly killed Gary Lee Blanton Jr. and Jerry W. Ray.
County Prosecutor Deb Kelly told Judge George Wood, according to the Peninsula Daily News,
The arrested man “had stated his intent not to stop with two victims but to continue as long as he could until he was stopped by law enforcement. Drum also stated that he had intended on driving to Jefferson County where another sex offender resided, with the intent to kill him, too. Frankly, I’m concerned about the vigilante aspect,”
Drum, who couldn’t stop himself from yawning through the hearing said he was defending himself.
If convicted of aggravated murder, a charge which the prosecutor plans on filing, Drum could be given the death penalty.
Drum had a 9mm pistol on him when he was arrested. He also admitted that he knew both men were sex offenders.
The Sherriff said on Monday that Drum said,
“He took full responsibility for `taking care of some problems,”‘
The sheriff’s office online record of sex offenders shows Blanton was convicted in November 2001 of third-degree rape. Ray was convicted in August 2002 of child rape.