Former suspect in Carina Saunders slaying is accused of driving stolen car

Luis E. Ruiz, 38, of Oklahoma City, was charged with murder in dismemberment killing, but prosecutors dismissed the case.
by Tim Willert Published: May 16, 2013

A man once suspected in the dismemberment killing of a 19-year-old Mustang woman was arrested this week after the car he was driving was reported stolen, court records show.

Luis Enrique Ruiz, 38, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Monday on eastbound Interstate 44 just south of NW 23 Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a complaint of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and released Tuesday after posting $2,000 bail, records show.

The car Ruiz was driving was reported stolen out of Knoxville, Tenn., police reported. Officers initiated a traffic stop after running the vehicle's Tennessee tags.

Ruiz and Jimmy Lee Massey Jr., 34, of Oklahoma City faced first-degree murder charges in the October 2011 slaying of Carina Saunders, whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a Bethany grocery store.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, though, dismissed the charges against both men for lack of evidence pending further investigation. Ruiz was released from jail Feb. 25.

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be refiled against either man.

Massey, a defendant in a drug trafficking case, pleaded guilty to multiple charges in March and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.


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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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