Two men who were charged in the brutal murder and mutilation of 19-year-old Carina Saunders have had the murder charges against them dropped.
Carina’s body was found mutilated in a duffel bag behind a Bethany, Oklahoma grocery store in October of 2011. Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. and Luis E. Ruiz were believed to have tortured and murdered Carina. Witnesses even allegedly placed them at the location of Carina’s murder. Her murder was supposedly done in order to intimidate others into participating in a human trafficking and drug ring.
The charges were dropped after the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) were asked to take over the case and the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. However the charges could be refiled if new evidence is discovered.
Ruiz is currently free while Massey is still imprisoned on drug trafficking charges.
I really feel bad for the family and friends of Carina Saunders. After dying a horribly violent death and believing that her killers were brought to justice only to receive the news that the Bethany police may have gotten the wrong men must just be even more heartbreaking for them. I pray that the OSBI does not make the same mistakes and brings her killer or killers to justice.
UPDATE 3/7/2013: Here is more information on why the murder charges were dropped for now.