Charges dropped against one in 1983 murder case

Charges filed against suspects in Tulsa cold case

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office announced the indictments of two people in September in connection with a cold case murder from 1983.

Police say Willie Moore is facing first-degree murder charges in connection to the death of Anthony Baltes.

Charges were later dropped against Erlene Lee.

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Authorities arrested Moore in Wyoming on Friday.

Tulsa police say Baltes was found dead on September 18, 1983 inside a motel room near Admiral and Sheridan.

Police say he was tied up and looked to have sustained blunt force trauma.

The victim's family released the following statement to FOX23:

"My family and I are overwhelmed with mixed emotion learning of the break in my fathers cold case. We never thought it would ever be solved and we are so grateful for the evidence saved by the Tulsa Police Department. The dedication of the TPD and the Cold Case Unit working together to solve my fathers case is unprecedented. We are astounded with the advancement of forensic science we have today to use evidence from 36 years ago. We hope and pray that all our questions will finally be answered from the day that changed our lives forever and bring closure to the hearts of our family. Please keep our family in your prayers and pray justice can finally be served."

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