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Former UFC Fighter Homer Moore Arrested for Suspicion of First-Degree Murder

Closeup of a glove and the UFC logo at Ultimate Fighting Championship 73 on Saturday, July 7, 2007, in Sacramento, Calif.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2017

Former UFC fighter and veteran mixed martial artist Homer Moore was arrested in Glendale, Ariz. on Monday due to suspicion of first-degree murder stemming from a 1999 case in Mesa, Ariz., according to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole.

According to AZFamily.com's Jennifer Thomas, the 42-year-old Moore was taken into custody on suspicion of murder in the death of 19-year-old Karam Hussein Jabbar back in 1999.

Iole reports that Moore is being held on a $1 million bond.

According to Thomas, Jabbar's body was discovered in the trunk of a vehicle on Aug. 3, 1999, roughly one week after he went missing. Tempe police lieutenant Michael Pooley says Jabbar's hands and feet were tied and a bag had been placed over his head. The cause of death was determined by the medical examiner's office to be asphyxia "due to deprivation of oxygen." 

Pooley reports the murder was the result of a "drug deal gone bad," per Thomas.

Detectives have been compiling evidence in the case for years and ultimately identified Moore as one of the primary suspects. According to Thomas, Tempe police are still seeking additional suspects in the case.

Moore's lone UFC appearance came at UFC 34 in November 2001, where he lost via second-round submission at the hands of Evan Tanner. He has also fought notable UFC fighter Chael Sonnen and UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn in different MMA promotions. 

Moore, a Phoenix native, fought in the light heavyweight division and ended his 25-9-2 career in 2007 on a four-fight losing streak. 

 

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