How city police caught a break in dancer's death

By Augie Frost Published: August 5, 2008
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Vanessa Swaissi's friend heard the "racking” of a gun. A struggle ensued. Swaissi and her friend tried to escape.

One man said "cap her” and moments later the 25-year-old Swaissi lay on the street bleeding from a bullet wound.

The details of Swaissi's death last Thursday were given by her friend and quoted in an arrest warrant filed Monday by Oklahoma City police.

Police arrested Nicco Barnett, 18, and Laverie Franklin, 21, who were hiding under a pile of clothes in an apartment at 3634 N Lottie on Saturday.

They were in the Oklahoma County jail Monday on a first-degree murder complaint, according to police.

The witness in the car identified Barnett as the shooter. Charges were not filed Monday.

Passenger was nervous
The friend, who is not identified in the affidavit, said she was the passenger in Swaissi's car when the shooting occurred on NE 63 near Broadway Extension.

Swaissi's ex-girlfriend, Shannon Ford, said the passenger was Swaissi's current girlfriend. Ford said Swaissi's girlfriend told her what happened.

Swaissi, an exotic dancer, met one of the alleged gunmen while dancing at Fantasy Island, Ford said.

He had been introduced as "LV” and had agreed to buy a "car stereo/video monitor” for $250 from her, according to the arrest warrant. Several times the two talked on the phone, according to the report. Read the warrant


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