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2 charged in Tulsa murders

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The Associated Press Modified: November 9, 2007 at 7:45 am •  Published: November 9, 2007
TULSA — Tulsa County prosecutors charged two men with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the strangulation deaths of two women last month.

Eric Lee Phillips, 41, and Tony Alton Hall, 52, both charged Thursday, also face two counts of unauthorized removal of a dead body for the Oct. 22 deaths of Angela Bassett and Angela Hargrove.

The bodies of the Hargrove, 36, and Bassett, 29, were discovered Oct. 23, bound with rope and covered with a tarp in the 4000 block of E 56th Street North.

The women had been seen the previous night at Cy's Bar, and witnesses told police that they saw them leave with Hall, police reports state.

Hall told police that he dropped off the women at Phillips' home and left. Phillips soon called him and asked him to return, his arrest report states.

Hall told investigators that when he returned to the home, the women were dead and that he helped dispose of their bodies, the report states.

At the time, Phillips had been out of jail on bond on allegations that he choked and beat his wife in April.

When Hall and Phillips were arrested Oct. 23, Phillips was booked into jail on a first-degree murder complaint and Hall was booked on a complaint of accessory to murder after the fact.

Investigators now believe Hall played a greater role in the deaths than he acknowledged, Assistant District Attorney Bill Musseman said.

"Based on all of the information, we feel both defendants were principals,” Musseman said.

Detective Mike Huff said the motive for the killings is still unclear and that DNA test results are pending.