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Carina Saunders death ruled 'violent' by Oklahoma medical examiner's office

The state medical examiner says Carina Saunders died a “violent” death, but did not release details about the condition of the young woman's remains or how she died. An autopsy report could be ready within two weeks.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com Published: February 28, 2012
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Michael “Monster” Knight also has been implicated in the homicide, although Cole says he's not a suspect.

“I've heard the name,” the police chief said. “He's someone we've talked to and gotten information from, but he's not a suspect at this point.”

Court documents reveal that Knight, 27, told a woman named Rachel to clean up the apartment where Saunders was killed.

Knight, who police describe as a violent member of the South Side Locos street gang, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on other charges.

In December, police searched Knight's apartment at 1691 Heyman, removing a machete with a 20-inch blade, a piece of linoleum tile and a towel with a dark stain on it. A BlackBerry, a roll of black electrical tape and traps from the kitchen and bathroom sinks also were seized.

Investigators searching the property found the residence abandoned a few days before Christmas, the smell of bleach thick in the air. Blood, hair and bugs were found in a freezer inside the apartment. Blood also was detected in the living room and a bedroom, records show.

According to the Department of Corrections website, Knight is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds. Court documents show he has the word “Monster” tattooed across his chest.

Cole said many of the witnesses involved have fearsome reputations on the streets. “I think that's safe to say,” he said. “That's made it hard to get information, in some instances, about this case.”

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