WACO (February 19, 2014) Thomas Michael Kolar, 54, whose case evidently slipped between the cracks more than two decades ago, was jailed Wednesday after he was indicted for the murder of his wife in 1991.
Waco police arrested Kolar shortly after noon Wednesday at his place of employment after the McLennan County Grand Jury handed up the indictment, police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Amy Elaine Kolar, 28, was found dead on July 20, 1991 at a home at 3908 Watt Ave.
Investigators determined she had been strangled, Swanton said.
Thomas Kolar was arrested in 1991 as a result of the investigation and the case was transferred to the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, Swanton said, but the case never went to trial.
The detective who was originally assigned to the case discovered that Kolar was never prosecuted while doing a follow-up on other cases, Swanton said.
The detective recently met with prosecutors and they presented the case to the grand jury on Wednesday, Swanton said.
It’s not clear why Kolar wasn’t tried on the original charges, Swanton said.
Former McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest took office in 1991 after defeating incumbent Paul Gartner in the November 1990 election.
Segrest was defeated in November 2010 by the current district attorney, Abel Reyna, who took office in January 2011.