New Details in a Panama City Murder Investigation

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Panama City police made an arrest Wednesday in a July 30th murder investigation. The man accused of murder and false imprisonment was in court today for the first time.

Police arrested and charged 43-year-old Christopher Moates.

"Through the course of the investigation it was revealed he was the one who tied him up," said Lieutenant John Moore. 

According to investigators, back in July, officers found 36-year-old Joshua Gazzea dead and tied up in a shed at a home in the 1900 block of Moates avenue.

"The victim and the defendant did know each other prior to this incident and we do believe the victim went over there on his own free will," said Lt. Moore.

According to police reports a neighbor told police he heard cries for help and moaning coming from Moate's backyard for several days.

"The victim was found deceased. He was tied with his hands and feet behind his back which the medical examiner believed attributed to his death," said Lt. Moore. 

Police said in the months following the murder they were waiting on information from forensic evidence and results from the medical examiner before making the arrest. 

Christopher Moates is being held without bond as he awaits trail. Police say it is an ongoing investigation. Anyone having information is asked to call panama city police or remain anonymous by calling  CRIMESTOPPERS at  850-785-tips. 

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