Death penalty sought in killings

Ponca City Now - May 21, 2015 9:19 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty against a man accused in the 2009 deaths of a drug dealer and three women in Oklahoma City.

One victim was Brooke Phillips, who worked for a legal Nevada brothel featured in the HBO TV show "Cathouse." The others were Milagros Barrera, Jennifer Lynn Ermey and Casey Mark Barrientos.

The Oklahoman reports Phillips and Barrera were pregnant.

Russell Lee Hogshooter is charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy. It wasn’t immediately known whether he has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Jonathan Allen Cochran is serving a 25-year prison sentence for his role in the killings. He testified Tuesday that Barrientos was the target and that the others were killed to eliminate witnesses.

 

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