Greater than 25 years after the loss of life of Inga Moore, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Workplace has reopened the case with two individuals of curiosity and a request for the general public to come back ahead with data.
Regardless of a longstanding conviction within the case, investigators imagine Moore’s former husband Jerry Moore and Tina Agent Fox, the girl with whom he had an affair, may have had a job within the capturing loss of life of the 30-year-old nurse and mom of three.
“Our opinion is that there’s doubtlessly different individuals of curiosity, who we imagine had been concerned in her loss of life,” lead investigator and GCSO Lt. Heath Wester stated. “These persons are strolling round and haven’t been dropped at justice.”
A reward of as much as $5,000 is being provided by North Texas Crime Stoppers for ideas and knowledge resulting in an arrest and conviction.
The next article has been compiled with data supplied by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Workplace and previous protection of the 2 ensuing court docket circumstances by the Sherman Democrat, Denison Herald and Herald Democrat newspapers. Makes an attempt to achieve Jerry Moore and Tina Agent Fox Friday weren’t profitable.
Inga Moore goes lacking
On Might 26, 1994, Savoy resident Inga Moore reportedly left her job at Outreach Well being Care in Sherman and headed to Cavendar’s Western Put on the place she supposed to buy her eldest son a pair of recent boots for an eighth grade commencement that night.
“That was a particular evening for her,” Wester stated. “She had plans to get residence and assist him be part of the ceremony. She by no means made it.”
After she didn’t make it to the occasion and didn’t return residence that evening, Inga Moore’s husband reported her lacking to Sherman Police the next morning. The seek for Inga Moore and her GMC van started.
Sherman Police had been contacted on Might 27 after Inga Moore’s deserted van was situated on Craft Highway between Sherman and Bells. Authorities famous a flat tire on the car, however stated there have been no indicators of a wrestle. A search of the realm yielded no different clues to Inga Moore’s whereabouts.
Olga Jean Brister confesses to killing
Simply someday after Inga Moore’s van was discovered, 24-year-old Olga Jean Brister of Denison walked into the foyer of the Sherman Police Division and confessed to killing Inga Moore. Brister was taken into custody by police and he or she then led them to what’s now the Mill Creek space, north of Pottsboro. There, simply 70 toes off a muddy filth street, GCSO deputies discovered a shallow grave and the freshly buried physique of Inga Moore.
Officers decided that Inga Moore had been shot 4 instances with a .25 caliber handgun and Brister was subsequently charged with homicide.
Via Brister’s confession and conversations with police, investigators decided her to be an acquaintance of Inga Moore. Brister recognized herself as a roommate and pal of Tina Agent Fox and stated that the 2 shared a romantic relationship as properly. However Brister additionally revealed that Fox and Jerry Moore had been having an affair and stated Inga Moore was additionally conscious of the tryst. In accordance with Brister, she and Inga Moore had beforehand mentioned the affair, and Inga Moore ultimately declared a plan to divorce her husband and search custody of their daughter and two sons. It was unclear how a lot time lapsed between the dialog Brister detailed and Moore’s loss of life, however she instructed police that information of Inga Moore’s plans so enormously upset her that she misplaced management.
“For no matter cause, she stated that made her snap and shoot Inga,” Wester stated. “That’s what she instructed authorities again then.”
Brister recants and doubts start to come up
From the onset of the investigation, some authorities appeared to have doubts in regards to the story Brister instructed and the explanation she gave for killing Inga Moore.
“There was no motive,” Wester stated. “That’s the puzzling half about this. Olga Jean Brister had no canine on this hunt.”
Texas Ranger Johnny Waldrip, who ultimately turned Grayson County commissioner, was one official who labored the crime scene. In his subsequent testimony in regards to the case, Waldrip stated he had little doubt that Brister was one way or the other concerned within the killing, however that she couldn’t have disposed of Inga Moore’s physique alone.
“The sufferer had no drag marks, however her physique was discovered about 70 toes from the roadway,” Wester stated. “Olga Jean Brister was not bodily in a position to carry or drag a physique by herself.”
After reporting his spouse lacking, Jerry Moore was interviewed by Sherman Police. Authorities questioned Jerry Moore about his and Inga Moore’s relationship, however some had been struck by the truth that Jerry Moore employed protection legal professional Dan Meehan inside 24 hours of submitting the report and the invention of Inga Moore’s physique. Jerry Moore later testified that he did so as a result of police insinuated that he abused his spouse. Officers additionally pressed Jerry Moore about two, $10,000-life insurance coverage insurance policies he took out on Inga Moore. It was realized that Jerry Moore used the cash to repay greater than $10,000 in bank card debt and to retain the companies of his protection legal professional.
Inside two months of her preliminary confession, Brister recanted her story.
At the moment, Brister took investigators again to the affair dialog she stated she had with Inga Moore. Brister stated Inga Moore reached out on Might 26 to debate the matter with each her and Fox and requested to fulfill in Sherman. The ladies reportedly met exterior Cavendar’s and agreed to speak whereas on a automobile trip. As they headed towards Bells and stopped for a restroom break close to Craft Highway, Brister stated, Fox started to really feel unwell and requested to be pushed to her mother and father’ residence in Denison. The group, cut up amongst two automobiles, agreed and left Inga Moore’s automobile on the website the place it was later discovered. After dropping Fox off, Brister stated, she drove Inga Moore again to her car, however was shocked to see Jerry Moore and one other unknown man there ready. Brister stated she left Inga Moore at her automobile after which headed residence.
At roughly four a.m. the following day, Might 27, Brister stated, Jerry Moore appeared at her entrance door and stated he had one thing necessary he wanted to debate together with her later. Brister agreed and later left her home to run an errand for Fox who had returned to their shared residence. Whereas driving to the shop, Brister stated, she was flagged down by Jerry Moore. The 2 reportedly received into Jerry Moore’s car and he then drove her to website the place Inga Moore’s physique was buried. Brister stated Jerry Moore instructed her that he had by accident shot his spouse and wanted her to admit or he would lose his kids. Jerry Moore additionally reportedly handed her written directions on what to inform the police and stated she couldn’t be indicted as a result of he had destroyed the proof authorities would search. Brister stated Jerry Moore threatened to kill her if she didn’t comply, and along with his connection to her shut pal Fox, she agreed to take the autumn.
“I feel she confessed out of concern and out of friendship,” Wester stated.
Two trials of Olga Jean Brister
Police stated Jerry Moore and Fox remained suspects or individuals of curiosity via the summer season of 1994, and although each had been questioned a number of instances, officers stated a scarcity of proof prevented them submitting from fees towards the pair. Wester stated, with the confession, it appeared GCSO directors and prosecutors — then Sheriff Jack Driscoll, District Legal professional Bob Jarvis and particular prosecutor Jim Oatman amongst them — determined to not look past Brister.
“Fairly presumably, there have been three folks concerned, however each little bit of proof will come again to at least one particular person (Brister),” Oatman stated in 1996. “This lady proper here’s a liar and a assassin.”
The primary trial towards Brister started in December 1995 and lasted simply three days earlier than a mistrial was declared. Presiding Choose James Fry of the the 59th state District Court docket stated plenty of elements contributed to his determination, together with the truth that Brister’s protection legal professional Curtis Seidlits didn’t have satisfactory time to evaluate grand jury testimony by Tina Agent Fox.
By the summer season of 1996, Brister was again on trial and jurors heard from each Jerry Moore and Fox.
Jerry Moore testified that his affair with Fox was transient and that he ended the connection two months earlier than his spouse’s loss of life. He additionally stated his marital points with Inga Moore had been resolved, however Inga Moore’s former coworkers testified that their points continued proper up till her loss of life.
Fox testified that Jerry Moore was depressing in his marriage and sometimes referred to his spouse with obscenities. She additionally stated Jerry Moore had “evil ideas about Inga, however didn’t know if he might undergo with them.”
However a GCSO detective and Inga Moore’s coworkers and household additionally testified that there was dangerous blood between Inga Moore, Fox and Brister. Inga Moore’s sister Billie Crafton, testified that Inga Moore was afraid of Brister and he or she had left her sister threatening messages, which she overheard. A former supervisor of Inga Moore’s additionally testified that Brister and Fox pulled a gun on them after they found Jerry Moore and Fox holding fingers and dancing in a parking zone.
In the end although, Brister was the one defendant on trial. She was subsequently convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in jail. She has since been launched and can’t be tried once more in relation to the case. Brister has reportedly been cooperative with the GCSO’s investigation.
“I actually really feel that the company let the household down again within the 1990s,” Wester stated. “They didn’t end the job, and now, we’re having to reopen the wound. That’s the toughest half.”
Amid the GCSO’s reopening of the case, Bob Jarvis stated he couldn’t recall a lot in regards to the matter.
“I might be very to see what the Sheriff’s Workplace has developed,” Jarvis stated. “I simply wish to see that justice is finished.”
Jack Driscoll didn’t reply to a request for remark and Jim Oatman is deceased.
Reopening the case
Wester stated the Sheriff’s Workplace has lengthy felt that different suspects could have been concerned in Inga Moore’s loss of life, however GCSO administration moved to reopen the case in January 2018.
“Over the previous 12 months and a half, we’ve had some fairly good, strong leads,” Wester stated. “I feel we’re at some extent now the place we’re going to ask the neighborhood for assist. We really feel that there are folks on the market that know in regards to the murder. We’re asking them to come back ahead.”
Wester can also be calling on previous and current members of the realm authorized neighborhood to share any data they might have relating to Inga Moore and the case.
“There are experiences that state Inga reached out to an area legislation agency in reference to getting ready for a divorce and having tapes of threats being made to her,” Wester stated.
Wester stated each Tina Agent Fox and Jerry Moore have been interviewed for the reason that reopening and extra witnesses could also be contacted within the months forward.
“Any suspect who we imagine is concerned and concern warrants for — irrespective of the place they’re at — they are going to be apprehended.”
Moore’s kids ranged in age from eight to 13 years previous on the time of her loss of life, and Wester stated rising up with out their mom has remained troublesome for all of them.
“From what all people’s stated, she was simply the love and lifetime of the county,” Wester stated. “She liked being a nurse, liked being a mother. She was only a nice human being who would’ve carried out something for anyone.”
Wester acknowledged the difficulties in reopening a case after greater than 20 years, however stated a single cellphone name and second of honesty might assist result in justice and closure.
“Do what’s proper,” Wester stated. “Inga deserves it. Her household deserves it.”
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Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat. Herald Democrat Felony Justice Editor Jerrie Whiteley contributed to this text.
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