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Were Oklahoma homicide cases bungled?

Former Special Investigator Kyle Eastridge says OSBI mishandled at least four homicide cases.
BY KEN RAYMOND Published: July 25, 2010

Kyle Eastridge identified four cases for The Oklahoman that he thinks were mishandled by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

• Wilfredo Osorio, 23.

Osorio was shot in Oklahoma City in November 1982. His body, dumped off a bridge over Bullfrog Creek near Pink, lodged in a tree, preventing it from entering the water.

He was identified by his fingerprints.

Eastridge said the case was solved at least seven years ago. Witnesses, DNA and other evidence linked a specific, named suspect to the crime.

In 2003, he said, OSBI agents presented the case to an Oklahoma County prosecutor. She thought it had merit. She told the agents to track down the witnesses and bring the case back to her for prosecution.

"The case changed hands when it was reassigned and never made it to the prosecutor," he said. "In 2010, I contacted the agent it had been reassigned to, and he did not know the case or that it was assigned to him. As a result, seven years have passed."

Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman, said the Osorio case is in the hands of prosecutors.

"It wasn't us sitting on it," she said. "We gave over what we could. It wasn't up to us. It was up to the DA (district attorney) to determine if they wanted to file. It was out of our hands at that point."

Later, she said, agents developed more solid suspect information and took the case to prosecutors again.

"That case is still in the hands of the DA," she said.

District Attorney David Prater said his office does not have the case.

"The first thing I did was go over to the DA's office and asked them to dig through everything and see if they dropped the ball," Eastridge said. "They had no records of those charges ever being brought over."

• Melissa Ann Moore, 22.

Moore was last seen leaving a Tulsa sorority house in 1984. Four days later, she was reported missing. Her drowned body was found April 17, 1984, floating in a creek seven miles northwest of Pryor.

Eastridge said DNA was linked to a known suspect, who drove a car matching the description of one seen where Moore's body was dumped and where her car was found.

Brown said OSBI agents presented information to the Mayes County district attorney in 1985, 2002 and 2005.

"We have to leave it up to them whether or not they want to move on with the case," she said.

Mayes County District Attorney Gene Haynes could not be reached for comment.

Eastridge said he contacted the case agent and offered to help him get DNA testing done on any other items associated with the case. Because federal funding pays for the cold case unit in which Eastridge worked, testing gets done faster through the grant than through usual channels; lab workers collect overtime for running the cold case tests.

"The agent told me he did not have enough for a charge," he said. "He did not want others looking into this case and later called to complain" to Eastridge's supervisor, Agent-in-Charge Gary Perkinson.

"The bottom line is they've known who killed this girl for years," Eastridge said, "and he's never been arrested for it."

• Georgette Pless, 22

Pless disappeared from Tulsa on Nov. 27, 1992. Her nude, strangled body was found in Lincoln County.

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