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Man pleads guilty to six killings in Oklahoma City 'Cathouse' case

David Tyner, 30, pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County to six first-degree murder charges and got a sentence of life without possibility of parole.
by Tim Willert Published: May 5, 2012

A one-time U.S. Marine and cage fighter accused of six killings in Oklahoma City entered a series of guilty pleas Friday and received six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

David Tyner pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County District Court in the so-called “Cathouse” case.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Tyner, 30. He was accused of killing his drug-dealing boss, a TV reality show star and two others in November 2009. Two of the victims were pregnant, leading to the total of six first-degree murder charges.

Tyner's guilty pleas mean he won't face the possibility of the death penalty for the killings. He was scheduled to face trial May 21.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater declined to comment about the details of the plea agreement.

“It's good to bring finality to the family of everyone involved,” said Oklahoma County Public Defender Robert Ravitz, whose office represented Tyner.

“Hopefully, this will start the healing process.”

About the case

The case attracted national attention because one victim, Brooke Phillips, 22, was a prostitute featured on the television show “Cathouse.” The HBO reality program is about a legal brothel, the Moonlite BunnyRanch, near Carson City, Nev. Phillips took time away from the brothel and moved back to Oklahoma because she was pregnant.

Also killed were Casey Mark Barrientos, 32, of Oklahoma City; Jennifer Lynn Ermey, 25, of Edmond; and pregnant Milagros “Millie” Barrera, 22, of Mustang. Their bodies were set on fire after they were shot the morning of Nov. 9, 2009.

Family members of the victims sat quietly Friday in the courtroom of Oklahoma County District Judge Glenn M. Jones. Prosecutors read statements from family members of Barrera and Phillips, who left behind a 6-year-old daughter.

“Losing Brooke has turned our whole world upside down, and it will never be the same,” her aunt wrote.

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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 in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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