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

Davila, Guillen and others attended a party the night of Sept. 11, 2010, and left together about 4 a.m. Sept. 12, 2010, a witness told police, according to a court affidavit.

The witness “passed out” after drinking, and told police Davila woke him about 6 a.m. to say he had killed Guillen.

The witness left to walk home and saw Davila driving away in a black Lincoln Navigator followed by a person in a blue Cadillac, which the witness thought had Guillen's body inside.

Davila later called the witness and said he dumped the body near Lake Stanley Draper, a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Surveillance video showed a Lincoln Navigator and a Cadillac driving toward where the body was found, then driving away.

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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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