Jurors convict 2 remaining men in 2009 ‘Cathouse’ killings

Ponca City Now - June 14, 2016 12:49 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Jurors have convicted the two remaining men accused in the killings of a prostitute featured on the HBO series "Cathouse" and three other people.

After deliberating for three hours Monday, the jury convicted 38-year-olds Denny Edward Phillips and Russell Lee Hogshooter of six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy each in the deaths of Brooke Phillips, Milagros Barrera, Jennifer Lynn Ermey and Casey Mark Barrientos. The other two murder charges are because Brooke Phillips and Barrerra were pregnant.

Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said during his closing argument that Denny Phillips planned the robbing and murder of Barrientos and that he recruited Hogshooter to participate. Defense attorney Bill Smith argued that Denny Phillips wasn’t at the crime scene.

The jury is expected to begin deliberating punishment Tuesday.

 

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