Homer Moore, 42, a former pro martial artist from Phoenix who competed as a light heavyweight for the UFC, WEC, and Chicago Red Bears of the IFL, was arrested earlier this week and charged with the first-degree murder of 19-year-old Karam Hussein Jabbar in a case that dates back to 1999. According to investigators, Jabbar’s murder was a case of a “drug deal gone bad.”
On April 23, Fox Sports reported that Moore was arrested on Tuesday by police in Tempe working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service. Reportedly, authorities had long considered Moore a prime suspect in Jabbar’s murder, but only recently had gathered enough information to arrest the former fighter.
After having been reported missing for more than one week, police recovered Jabbar’s body from the trunk of a car found in a supermarket parking lot on Aug. 3, 1999. Jabbar's decomposing corpse was discovered with a bag placed over his head; and his feet and hands were bound. The medical examiner’s office decreed at the time that Jabbar’s official cause of death was due to asphyxiation.
The 15-year-old cold case heated up recently when investigators were able to gather testimony in the form of witness statements leading the way to Moore’s arrest. Moore was arrested Tuesday wearing a UFC "Ultimate Fighter" T-shirt, although he has no official affiliation to the "Ultimate Fighter" show.
Moore is being held on $1 million bond. And Moore may have not acted alone in Jabbar’s murder as authorities said that “further arrests are expected in connection with the case,” according to Yahoo! Sports.