TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma man has been arrested in connection with a 28-year-old cold case homicide of a woman found shot to death behind a drug house, authorities said.
Tommy Edward Harris, 62, of Skiatook, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and unlawful removal of a dead body, according to Tulsa County Jail records. He is being held without bail.
The body of Kim Marlene McVey, 31, was found May 23, 1992, with a gunshot wound to the head. She had been dumped behind a partially-constructed shed in the 9600 block of North Memorial Drive in Owasso, just outside of Tulsa.
Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado said Thursday during a news conference that McVey, Harris and other unnamed people were staying at the home, described as a known drug house. On May 16, a man who has since died went to the house to settle a drug deal that had gone bad.
“This individual, Joe Green, wanted to get his money back and/or the methamphetamine that was sold,” Regalado said. “A gun battle occurred, and the person there who came to get the drugs took victim McVey in a headlock and dragged her outside of the residence and into the front yard.”
Using McVey as a shield, Green made demands of Harris, who was still inside the house. Harris fired a gun through a window, striking McVey in the left temple, the sheriff said.
Harris, who was then 34 years old, dragged McVey’s body into the house and later hid her remains behind the shed out back.
Watch the news conference below, courtesy of Fox 23 in Tulsa.
Regalado said Harris confessed the crime to multiple people over the years. Those witnesses eventually came forward with what they knew.
Detectives arrested him Thursday at work in Osage County.
“This is a bittersweet moment,” Regalado said. “Bitter in the fact that Ms. McVey still has family. They have been notified. They’re out of state and were unable to be here today. Our hearts certainly go out to them.
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