Madill man facing murder charges

By: Paige Tebow Email
By: Paige Tebow Email

A Madill man is facing first degree murder charges in a 24-year-old Oklahoma City murder case.

Oklahoma City police arrested Tim Alex Forbes, Sr., 58, at his home in Madill on Friday.

DNA evidence links him to the stabbing death of Oklahoma City prostitute Tammy Gastineau in the Oklahoma Publishing Company parking lot on August 22, 1983.

Forbes was working as a truck driver for Oklahoma Publishing Company the night the 23-year-old was murdered in the company's parking lot.

Police say he failed a lie detector test shortly after the murder, but police couldn't tie him to the crime until now.

Detectives began looking into the case again about four years ago and obtained a search warrant to get Forbes' DNA sample earlier this month.

Locals say Forbes has lived in Madill for 10 to 15 years.
The court clerk says formal charges are still pending.

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  • by Fact Check Location: this paper on May 20, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    Check your facts-- CNN is reporting that she was a student and ballerina not a prostitute.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2007 at 11:51 AM
    If they found blood in his truck that matched her's, Why didnt they arresst him then?
  • by Debra Gastineau Location: Ravia on Apr 26, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    The issue here is murder. Her profession shouldn't be a factor. I think your news station tried to humiliate the victim's family by repeatedly mentioning that she was a prostitute. Your reporter even mentioned that the alleged murderer was a nice guy. She was a murder victim no matter what she had done. At least now maybe the family can find closure, although some will always wonder would this case have been treated differently had she not been a prostitute.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2007 at 07:53 AM
    Why did she have to be mentioned as a prostitute? She was a 23 year old woman who was murdered. No matter what she did, she was loved and missed.
  • by Anonomous Location: Madill on Apr 25, 2007 at 08:00 AM
    Stephanie - I hope your family sees the peace and closure you deserve, the justice that your cousin deserved 24 years ago. God bless you all.....
  • by anonomous Location: marietta on Apr 24, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    If lie detector test was failed in 83 then why not jump on the dna test immediatly after??? This makes no sense, none whatsoever. The poor family went 24 years "not knowing" --anything. No explanation nor excuse is acceptable for the time frame.
  • by Stephanie Location: Denison on Apr 24, 2007 at 04:48 PM
    Yes we r still alive and very thankful for this happening now. I think that they did take to long due to my cousin being a prostitute but now we will get justice.
  • by Anonomous Location: Madill on Apr 24, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    So lets see.....he failed a lie detector test in 1983...DNA testing has been available for quite some time now - why did they wait until 24 years later to get it? Maybe the Gastineau family will finally get closure - if they're still alive.....
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