Court: Eric Lee Roberts and Moyer Case Update

Eric Lee Roberts, left, makes an appearance in Thurston County Superior Court via video monitor on July 11 in Olympia.

Eric Lee Roberts, the Rochester man authorities say confessed to killing Nancy Moyer in 2009 and then recanted the confession, has been held in the Snohomish County Jail since July 19 on a warrant for domestic-violence assault.

Roberts was arrested July 10 on suspicion of second-degree murder after he allegedly told detectives he accidently strangled Moyer to death with a scarf as the two were having sexual contact. Prosecutors declined to file a formal murder charge, pending the outcome of a sheriff’s office investigation.

At the time of his arrest, there was an active warrant for his arrest on a count of fourth-degree assault — domestic violence, a gross misdemeanor.

Snohomish County Jail records indicate he’s being held on $10,000 bail, with the case to go before the Edmonds Municipal Court.

After being released from the Thurston County Jail, Roberts was promptly re-arrested and remanded into federal custody for allegedly possessing an illegal firearm. The charge was quickly dismissed after a re-evaluation of the gun revealed it didn’t match the nature of the charge against Roberts.

While the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is still actively investigating Roberts’ possible connection to Moyer’s disappearance and presumed death, county prosecutors announced they would not file charges against Roberts until the investigation is concluded. 

Detectives removed pieces of evidence from Roberts’ residence during the execution of a search warrant, according to authorities. 

Here's our previous coverage: 

Updated: Federal Gun Charge Dismissed Against Man Investigated for Nancy Moyer Disappearance
Man Jailed for Moyer Disappearance Now Held on $100,000 Bail for Gun-Related Offenses
Thurston County Delays Charges Against Suspect in Nancy Moyer Homicide, Arrests Him on Gun Charge
Nancy Moyer Case Went a Decade With No Substantial Leads
Creator of ‘Hide and Seek’ Podcast Praised for Putting Nancy Moyer Case in Spotlight
‘I Don’t Think Anyone Will Be Able to Find Her’: Man Calls 911, Confesses to Killing Nancy Moyer
Nancy Moyer’s Family ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ After Break in Decade-Old Case


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