OSBI taking over investigation of Carina Saunders' slaying

Seeking a new perspective, the Bethany police are giving the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation information on the investigation on the dismemberment death of Carina Saunders in 2011.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm •  Published: February 5, 2013
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According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the murder charge, Ruiz, 38, of Oklahoma City, planned and carried out the torture killing.

A witness told police she saw Ruiz, 38, of Oklahoma City, beat Saunders, tie her to a table and torture her by sawing off her left foot and then trying to cut off her right foot before the saw broke, according to the affidavit.

Slaying detailed

Massey, 34, of Oklahoma City, shared details of the slaying with two detainees while jailed on drug charges, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with his murder charge.

Massey admitted to kidnapping a woman and making her watch as Saunders was tortured and killed Oct. 9. Massey also described how Saunders' body was dismembered and left in a field behind the Homeland grocery store at NW 23 and Rockwell Avenue, court records show.

Massey's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Mitch Solomon, said Tuesday “there have been numerous leads and an abundance of evidence which has not been thoroughly examined.”

“We are confident when the investigation is done properly it will show who is actually responsible,” Solomon told The Oklahoman.

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said the agency is in the process of obtaining information from the Bethany police.

“We haven't opened the case officially,” she said. “We're trying to gather all the information and reports that have been produced.”


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by Ed Godfrey
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