Murder conviction upheld in Oklahoma “no body” case

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a murder conviction even though the victim's body was never found.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012
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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals again has upheld a murder conviction in a case where the victim's body was never found.

So-called “no body” cases are extremely rare.

The first murder conviction in Oklahoma in such a case was in 1983. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld that conviction in 1987.

In the latest opinion, the appeals court Tuesday upheld the conviction of a woman who fatally shot her husband at their Oklahoma City apartment.

An Oklahoma County jury last year found Exondia J. Salado guilty of first-degree murder. Salado, now 40, is serving a life term without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors put on evidence Exondia Salado shot her husband, Manny Salado, twice on Oct. 8 or 9, 2007, then watched him die. He had planned to divorce her. He was then 33.

After his disappearance, Oklahoma City police found his cellphone, passport, credit cards, checkbook, driver's license and military records.

Exondia Salado told two friends in October 2007 she shot her husband and cooked his body days later in the country, according to testimony at the trial. She said she stuffed his body at first into a foot locker.

She had searched the Internet on ways to kill someone and how to dispose of a human body, according to testimony from computer experts.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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