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Bethany, Oklahoma Teen Forced to Watch Jimmy Lee Massey Torture & Murder 19-Year-Old Carina Saunders; Second Man– Francisco Gomez– Arrested in Case

December 21, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

Bethany, Oklahoma police say a teenager was forced to watch another young woman tortured, beheaded and cut into pieces in order to scare her into cooperating with a drug and human trafficking ring.

(Image: NewsOK)

According to the Daily Mail, the murder victim, 19-year-old Carina Saunders, was tortured and murdered on October 9 in Bethany. Jimmy Lee Massey, age 33, was arrested and charged in connection with the killing. He told police that he kidnapped another teenager, who has since come forward as a witness, and forced her to watch as others killed Saunders.

Saunders’ dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a grocery store on October 13.

A second man, 31-year-old  Francisco Gomez, has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder. Gomez was also charged with drug trafficking and failure to pay child support.

According to police, Saudners was an unfortunate and random victim who was killed to send a message to the kidnapped teen and her friends that they faced the same horrific fate if they did not cooperate with a drug and human 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,” Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole is quoted in the Daily Mail. “We believe there were other people there and they’re now the focus of our investigation.”

There is no evidence that Saunders was involved in any criminal activity. She was a known drug user.

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