Oklahoma City man pleads guilty to lesser crime after key witness in murder case dies

Israel N. Davila, 21, was accused of killing Jose Fernando Guillen, 18; prosecutors said Davila's cousin killed himself after receiving subpoena to testify in case
by Tim Willert Published: December 15, 2012
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A man facing a murder charge pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser crime and received a five-year prison sentence after prosecutors said a key witness in the case killed himself.

Israel N. Davila, 21, of Oklahoma City, struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and the unauthorized removal of a body.

He received a three-year suspended sentence on the manslaughter charge, prosecutors said.

Davila and two other men, Humberto Aguirre and Omar Barrios, were charged with first-degree murder in the September 2010 shooting death of Jose Fernando Guillen, 18.

A fisherman found Guillen's body with a gunshot wound to the head on Sept. 15, 2010, near SE 89 and Sooner Road.

Prosecutors dismissed the charge against Barrios in exchange for his testimony and a brief stay in a juvenile detention center.

They amended the murder charge against Davila because Barrios, 19, of Oklahoma City, killed himself in November after receiving a subpoena to testify against Davila, his cousin.

Prosecutors also dismissed the murder charge against Aguirre, 22, of Oklahoma City, who pleaded guilty last year to the unauthorized removal of a body and received a five-year deferred sentence, court records show.


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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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