Former Marine charged in ‘Cathouse’ star’s death
November 21, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A former Marine was charged Friday with six counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a burning home, including a prostitute featured on the HBO reality series “Cathouse.”
David Allen Tyner, 28, of Locust Grove, is accused of shooting, stabbing and then burning the bodies of Brooke Phillips, Milagrous Barrera, Jennifer Ermey, 25, and Mark Barrientos, 32, at a southwest Oklahoma City home. Because Phillips and Barrera, both 22, were pregnant, two more murder counts were filed.
Phillips had worked at the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nev., that is featured in the HBO reality show “Cathouse.”
According to a police affidavit filed with the charging document, a witness inside home told police someone known as “Hooligan” was arguing with one of the victims when the shootings happened. The witness later identified “Hooligan” as Tyner, the affidavit said.
The document doesn’t say which victim Tyner was arguing with or what the dispute was about.
The witness ran from the home when Tyner yelled he had no problem with the witness, it says.
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Oklahoma City firefighters who responded to a report of a fire at the house about 5:20 a.m. Nov. 9 found one of the victim before extinguishing the blaze. After putting out the fire, they found three more bodies inside, authorities said.
Autopsies showed all four had been shot.
Police have said one of the three women had cuts on her stomach, face and neck. Shell casings from two different handguns, along with several knives, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and about seven grams of marijuana were recovered from the scene.
An attorney for Tyner, a cage fighter, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater also didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.