The state medical examiner released an autopsy report Wednesday on Carina Saunders, the 19-year-old Mustang woman whose remains were found behind a Bethany grocery store in October.
The report had been withheld from the public since it was completed so Bethany police detectives could build their case. Two men have since been arrested and charged in Saunders' killing.
Jimmy Massey, 34, and Luis Ruiz, 37, are being held in the Oklahoma County jail.
Court documents filed in the case suggest that she was killed to intimidate others not to defy a human- and drug-trafficking ring.
The autopsy lists “violent death” as the cause of death and homicide as the manner.
The remains were found in a duffel bag on Oct. 13.
“The body parts were wrapped with plastic wrap, a laundry bag and a duffel bag,” the report states.
The report shows Saunders' killers may have tried to conceal her identity, although dental records were ultimately used to identify her decomposing body.
“There is a tattoo on the upper back showing rectangular cut marks, in attempt made to remove the tattoo,” the report states.
Saunders had the words “Kween Spade” tattooed on her back, the report shows.
She was decapitated and her hands and her feet were missing.
The doctor performing the autopsy noted the victim had tramadol in her system, but it's not clear in what quantity. The drug is a nonnarcotic pain reliever that requires a prescription.
The autopsy reveals the brutality of Saunders' death, although it's not made clear in the document whether the young woman was alive while she was dismembered.
Court documents filed in the case suggest she may have been alive at that time.
Report of video
Tia Downour, an associate of Ruiz, said she watched the beginning of a troubling video on Ruiz's mobile phone in May at the Bel-Aire Motel.
Downour told investigators the video showed the killing of Saunders and that she was able to look at it while Ruiz was in the bathroom.
“Downour said she watched for a few seconds until Saunders began to scream,” Bethany police Lt. JR Jencks wrote in the affidavit.
The woman would also say that Ruiz was “the person in the video cutting off the foot of Saunders,” Jencks wrote in the affidavit.
Confidential witnesses in the case have painted a picture of a criminal organization that wanted to show what happens to people who don't cooperate.
One confidential witness told investigators that she was kidnapped and forced to watch the Saunders slaying.
Massey also shared details about the slaying with two men while in county jail, telling one he and Ruiz “cut the girl's arms and legs off” and passing the other handwritten notes describing what parts of the “woman's body were dismembered, and perhaps more importantly, how the body was wrapped before disposal,” according to court documents.
Staff Writer Tim Willert