Dismissed human trafficking, maiming case gets refiled by Oklahoma County prosecutors
Oklahoma County prosecutors have refiled a human trafficking and maiming case that was dismissed last month after the key witness was too scared to testify.
Salaam Moore, 37, of Oklahoma City, again is charged with human trafficking, kidnapping, maiming and domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
A woman who accused Moore of violently assaulting her refused to testify against him at his preliminary hearing last month. The woman "became scared and discussed her belief that the people here would see her face and retaliate against her for testifying," court records show.
A judge then dismissed the case at prosecutors' request.
Why prosecutors refiled the case Tuesday is not clear. Prosecutors would not comment on the new criminal case.
Moore initially was charged in April. The woman told police Moore, also known as "Westside," was her pimp.
In late March, Moore "pistol whipped" her when she attempted to leave his house, Oklahoma City police reported in a court affidavit. The woman also said Moore beat her, knocking out three of her teeth.
In 2001, Moore was convicted at trial of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. He had been serving life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 1998 shooting death of Phillip Gonzales and attempted killing of Doris F. Wright.
The conviction was overturned in 2016 after Wright said she lied during the trial about Moore being the shooter.
Moore also is charged in a drug case.