Hmmm . . . Two More Arrests are Made in Infamous Oklahoma City ‘Cathouse’ Murder Case

OK News by Nolan Clay and Jonathan Sutton Modified: November 6, 2014 at 9:49 pm •  Published: November 6, 2014

After years of silence, admitted murderer David Allen “Hooligan” Tyner finally told Oklahoma City police detectives what they had suspected all along.

From a prison in Maryland, the former Marine and cage fighter told police in detail that he had help in the fatal shootings of a drug dealer and three women at a south Oklahoma City rent house in November 2009, court affidavits show.

Based on his statements in July and other evidence, police got a judge’s permission on Tuesday to arrest two new suspects.

Federal marshals on Wednesday arrested the two men — both ex-convicts — in Delaware County in far northeast Oklahoma.

The suspects, Russell Lee Hogshooter, 37, of Jay, and Jonathan Allen Cochran, 35, of Kansas, OK, are being held in the Oklahoma County jail. They have not been charged yet.

The surprise development came in a case that attracted national attention in 2009 because one of the victims, Brooke Phillips, 22, was a prostitute featured on “Cathouse,” a reality television show. The once popular and graphic HBO program chronicled events at a legal brothel, the Moonlite BunnyRanch, near Carson City, Nev.

The tragedy became widely known as the “Cathouse” case.

The new arrests bring to four the number of people who have been accused of involvement in the killings.

Tyner, now 33, was identified as a suspect days after the attack, based on statements by a survivor who fled the house once the shootings began. Tyner had worked for the slain drug dealer as a bodyguard.

Tyner, of Locust Grove, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder because two of the victims were pregnant. He pleaded guilty in May 2012 and was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors in August 2012 charged a second man, Denny Edward Phillips, now 36, with six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths. His trial is set for April.

Prosecutors allege Phillips, a war chief in the Indian Brotherhood gang, orchestrated the killings. They contend, based on phone records, that he was in Oklahoma City at the time of the shootings in the early morning of Nov. 9, 2009, but not inside the house.

Prosecutors allege the drug dealer, Casey Mark Barrientos, 32, of Oklahoma City, was the target.

Prosecutors believe Brooke Phillips, who was pregnant, and the other women — Jennifer Lynn Ermey, 25, of Edmond, and pregnant Milagros “Millie” Barrera, 22, of Mustang — were killed to eliminate them as witnesses.

The bodies were set on fire after they were shot the morning of Nov. 9, 2009.

Police have identified Denny Phillips as a drug distributor in northeast Oklahoma in 2009 who got his supply from Barrientos. Police believe the two — who met in prison — were at odds.

Police and prosecutors have long suspected Tyner could not have killed all four people alone, but they had little proof.

That changed when Tyner revealed in detail what happened, even though he pleaded guilty without any deal to cooperate, court records show.

Tyner told police he and his two accomplices went to the house with guns to rob Barrientos of drugs at Denny Phillips’ direction, police detective David Jacobson reported in court affidavits.

He said he went into the house first and waited for Barrientos to arrive, according to the affidavits. He said Denny Phillips told him in a phone call that the other two men were going to come through the back door and kill and rob Barrientos. He said Denny Phillips threatened him, saying if he didn’t follow through, his family would be killed.

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