Grand juries and DNA technology are two tools being used increasingly to solve decades old cold cases. Two suspects in a 1983 Tulsa County murder case were recently identified through DNA and arrested, Joy Thorp is a Senior Deputy Attorney General who handled the case before the grand jury. She says the combination of advanced DNA technology and the power of a grand jury power have been used to develop suspects in a handful of other Oklahoma cold cases recently.
The new DNA evidence in the Tulsa case was presented to a multi-county grand jury and indictments were issued for two suspects, now arrested. They are identified as Erlene Lee and Willie Moore, indicted in the 1983 Tulsa murder of Anthony Baltes.