Man linked by DNA to 2004 murder transferred to local jail

Gilberto Zapata Ortiz, 55, was indicted for murder in September in the Jan. 25, 2004 strangulation death of Pamela Moore, 40, of Waco. (Jail photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Gilberto Zapata Ortiz, 55, who was indicted for murder in September in the Jan. 25, 2004 strangulation death of Pamela Moore, 40, of Waco, was in the McLennan County Jail Friday after his transfer from a state prison unit where he’s serving a sentence for killing his brother in law.

Oritz was booked into the county jail Thursday, according to online records.

Ortiz was working in the Waco area at the time of Moore’s murder and through DNA he was linked to the death, Chief McLennan County Deputy David Kilcrease said after the indictment was handed up.

Moore, was single and had fallen on hard times when she met Ortiz, Kilcrease said.

The two were in a relationship when Ortiz became angry at her and strangled her.

Her body was found on a deserted stretch of Old Mexia Road between Boys Ranch Road and Selby Lane.

A Harris County jury sent Ortiz to prison in 1995 after he was found guilty of the 1990 shooting death of his brother-in-law.

Kilcrease said records show Ortiz, his wife and her brother were out dancing and drinking in 1990 when Ortiz became enraged that his wife and her brother were dancing together.

“Later that night after everybody went their separate ways, Ortiz went home, got as gun and went over to kill his wife’s brother because they danced together,” Kilcrease said.

Ortiz is eligible for parole on that conviction in August 2025.