OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An alleged prison gang leader accused of killing a prostitute featured on HBO's "Cathouse" series and three other people told friends he was involved in the 2009 deaths, according to a police affidavit filed in the case.
Denny Phillips, who appeared in court Tuesday in Oklahoma City, is in prison on charges related to a shootout in Tulsa in 2010. Investigators say he helped plan and participated in the murders months earlier, then told people "details of how the murders occurred and how he was involved in the planning and execution of the victims," according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Oklahoma City police.
Phillips is the second person charged in the 2009 shootings. Authorities allege that Phillips, who holds a leadership role in the Indian Brotherhood prison gang, and another man were involved in a prostitution and drug ring and were upset with the amount of money they were receiving.
The victims included 22-year-old Brooke Phillips, who had worked as a prostitute at the legal brothel Moonlite Bunny Ranch near Carson City, Nev., that was featured on HBO. She wasn't related to Denny Phillips. The other victims were Milagrous Barrera, 22; Jennifer Ermey, 25; and Casey Mark Barrientos, 32.