A McLennan County Grand Jury has returned a murder indictment against 55-year-old Gilbert Zapata Ortiz, accused of killing a woman while he was on parole from serving a manslaughter sentence.
Ortiz was actually back in prison again for violating that parole when he was linked to the murder in a cold case being investigated by the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.
He is accused this time in the January 2004 strangulation death of Pamela Moore, whose body was found along a rural road in eastern McLennan County.
The link came through DNA found at the scene compared to a DNA data base.
Robert Hurst with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said that Ortiz had come to the prison system on May 16, 1995 on a voluntary manslaughter conviction out of Harris County, with his sentence for that offense being 20 years.
He was paroled on March 5, 2001.
The murder of Moore took place in 2004
Ortiz had not been connected with her death at the time, but was returned to prison December 12, 2015 on a parole violation.
He is currently being held at the Lynaugh Unit at Fort Stockton.
His first parole review since his return would have been in May 2020