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Woman kidnapped, forced to watch torture and killing by sex trafficking ring, say Okla. cops

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(CBS/AP) OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City man kidnapped a 20-year-old woman, then forced her to watch another woman's torture and death, so that she would cooperate with a human trafficking ring, police say.

According to Police Chief Phil Cole, 33-year-old Jimmy Lee Massey was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Carina Saunders, whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag in an Oklahoma suburb.

An affidavit filed in the case said Massey told police he kidnapped the 20-year-old and forced her to watch the others kill Saunders. He allegedly gave details of Saunders' torture, killing and dismemberment and disposal of the body.

There is no evidence the 20-year-old knew Saunders but they both knew Massey, Cole said. He said the kidnapping and murder were meant to send a message that the 20-year-old and her friends would face the same fate unless they cooperated in their prostitution trafficking ring.

"Evidence in our investigation has led us to believe that she had been expected to provide certain things to this trafficking group and that she had not been performing to their satisfaction," Cole said.

Francisco Gomez, 31, is sought after by police as another suspect in the case. "We believe there were other people and they're now the focus of our investigation," Cole said.

Massey was already being held on drug charges in the Oklahoma County jail and he remains in prison without bond.

Cole said there's no evidence that Saunders, whose beheaded body was found Oct. 13 behind a grocery store, was involved in criminal activity.

He said, "Our information right now leads us to believe she was a random choice, as sad as that is. She had relationships within these loosely associated people, and I think that she was a victim of opportunity."


  • Crimesider Staff

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