Tempe police arrest suspect in 1999 cold case homicide


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 6:43 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tempe police have made an arrest in a 1999 cold case homicide.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service and Tempe police detectives arrested Homer Moore, 42, of Phoenix, on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Karam Hussein Jabbar, 19.

Jabbar's body was found about a week after he went missing. His body was discovered in the trunk of a vehicle in a Mesa grocery store's parking lot on Aug. 3, 1999. Tempe police Lt. Michael Pooley said Jabbar's hands and feet were bound and there was a bag over his head.

Pooley said the Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death was "asphyxia due to deprivation of oxygen due to ligatures and plastic bag over head and neck."

The murder was a "drug deal gone bad," according to Pooley.

Detectives obtained additional evidence over the years and Moore was identified as one of the primary suspects in Jabbar's murder.

Moore was arrested Monday in Glendale. His bond was set at $1 million.

Moore is a former MMA fighter who competed in the UFC.

Pooley said detectives are seeking additional suspects in the case. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Tempe Police Department or Silent Witness.