Court: Eric Lee Roberts and Moyer Case Update

Eric Lee Roberts, center left, makes an appearance in Thurston County Superior Court via video monitor Thursday afternoon in Olympia.

The Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office will delay filing formal charges in the homicide of Nancy Moyer against a man who reportedly confessed to killing her to detectives last week, according to a statement posted on social media Monday afternoon just before 5 p.m.

Eric Lee Roberts, 53, called 911 dispatch on July 9 and reported that he had killed Nancy Moyer in 2009. Detectives interviewed Roberts and arrested him after he repeated his confession. He later recanted.

Nancy Moyer

Nancy Moyer

On Thursday, a Thurston County court commissioner found probable cause to hold Roberts in custody on suspicion of second-degree murder, but the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office stated that it would reserve a final decision on charges until Monday.

Court Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax ordered Roberts held on $1.5 million bail on the probable cause for second-degree murder. Those conditions of release were set to expire this afternoon, according to the prosecutor’s office.

During the course of the past week’s investigation, detectives found evidence that Roberts was in possession of illegal firearm silencers and short-barreled rifles. He was arrested and is expected to be charged on those violations. A judge has not yet set a new bail amount for the new criminal case against Roberts.

“At this time the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has elected to delay filing any charges related to the homicide investigation until the investigation is complete and all evidence can be fully considered,” the statement reads.

Here is our previous coverage:

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
Bail Set at $1.5M for Man Who Confessed to Killing Nancy Moyer and Later Recanted
Nancy Moyer’s Family ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ After Break in Decade-Old Case
Editor's Notes: Answers Come at Last in Decade-Old Disappearance of Nancy Moyer

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