By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9
A tip leads to the break in a case dating back to 1980.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation received the tip about the old murder last year, an OSBI agent investigated and on Wednesday his hard work became worthwhile.
In a courthouse in Ada, Judy Hansen didn't say a word as she turned herself.
Hansen, who is now 61-years-old, was accused of shooting her ex-husband to death, William Boudrie, almost 30 years ago.
"It's a very long time for a case to go cold," OSBI special agent Gary Perkinson said. "That goes to show you what one phone call, one tip, can make all the difference in the world in a cold case."
The story began in Pickett, a small town outside Ada. Hansen and Boudrie were divorced but still living together. Boudrie had been dead several weeks when his body was found by a student teacher on a field trip.
Chris Ross, the Pontotoc County District Attorney described the student teacher coming across a pile of wood and sheet metal.
Under the pile, the student teacher discovered the body of Boudrie.
"As a result of that phone call, I began interviewing witnesses in the case," Ross said.
OSBI agent Gary Perkinson also obtained court ordered wire taps and recorded phone conversations.
"A lot of times relationships can change people's feelings towards each other," Perkinson said.
"Sometimes that makes a difference when a tip comes forward."
Last week, the case against Hansen was brought before a multi-county grand jury in OKC. After two days of testimony, the Grand Jury returned a murder indictment.
On Wednesday morning, the indictment was unsealed and Hansen was placed under arrest.
"There are lots of unsolved cases out there all across the state of Oklahoma," Perkinson said. "If somebody would be willing to step forward and be able to provide some info that might be all the investigator needs to get going on that case."
Investigators are limited as to what they could say about the evidence against Hansen, but more details are expected after her arraignment Thursday.
Her bond is set at $250,000.