Murder Charges Dropped in Okla. Dismemberment Case

First-degree murder charges have been dropped against two men accused of killing a 19-year-old Oklahoma woman whose dismembered body was found in a duffel bag.

Oklahoma County prosecutors filed a motion on Friday to dismiss charges against Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. and Luis Ruiz pending further investigation into the death of Carina Saunders. The motion states charges can be re-filed in the future pending the outcome of the investigation. The motion was signed by District Judge Ray Elliott.

Saunders' dismembered body was found Oct. 13, 2011, behind a grocery store in the Oklahoma City suburb of Bethany. Prosecutors filed the motion less than one month after Bethany police asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to take over the case.

Investigators have said Saunders' death involved human trafficking and drugs.


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