ADA, Okla. -- There was a major break Wednesday in a Pontotoc County murder investigation, with an arrest nearly thirty years in the making. Robin Beal reports.
It was March 1980. Jimmy Carter was president, and the small town of Pickett, Oklahoma, was rocked by murder. In an investigation that for 28 years yielded no suspects, an arrest was made Wednesday.
Judy Hansen was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in Ada after being indicted on first degree murder charges in connection with the March 1980 shooting death of William Boudrie, to whom she was once married.
Hansen surrendered to authorities Wednesday after that cold case was reopened more than a year ago by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Hansen is now 61 years old, and has been prominent in the community for years, working at a local radio station. Now she is accused of premeditated murder.
"It’s an unusual time...a very long length of time for a case to go cold like that, but that goes to show you what one phone call, one tip, it can make all the difference in the world in a cold case," Gary Perkinson with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.