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Judge orders man charged in Carina Saunders' slaying to face trial on drug charges

Jimmy Lee Massey Jr., 33, is accused of participating in the slaying of a 19-year-old Mustang woman whose dismembered body was found in duffel bag.
by Tim Willert Modified: December 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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An Oklahoma County judge on Wednesday ordered a trial on drug trafficking charges for two men, one of whom also is charged with murder in the torture and killing of a 19-year-old Mustang woman.

Oklahoma County Special Judge D. Fred Doak ruled sufficient evidence exists to send Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. and Francisco Gomez to trial on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

Prosecutors amended the charges against Massey to include three counts of distribution, authorities said.

Massey, 33, and Luis Enrique Ruiz, 37, were charged in July with first-degree murder in the October 2011 death of Carina Saunders, whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag.

Massey, while jailed on the drug charges, shared details of Saunders' killing with two detainees, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with his murder charge.

“Much of the initial information in the Carina Saunders case came from that drug investigation,” Oklahoma County First District Attorney Scott Rowland said Wednesday.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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