'Cathouse' Murder Trial Begins this Week in Oklahoma County

Denny Phillips (left) & Russell Hogshooter (right) face the death penalty.

5/16/2016 - OKC, OK -- After almost seven years since the murdered and burned bodies of a prostitute featured in HBO's reality series "Cathouse" and three others were discovered inside an Oklahoma City home - the last two criminal defendants are set to have their day in court this week.

Jury selection is set to begin this morning inside Judge Timothy Henderson's courtroom in the trial of co-defendants Denny Edward Phillips and Russell Lee Hogshooter.

Phillips and Hogshooter are each charged with six counts of first degree murder and one count of conspiracy.

Phillips' and Hogshooter's alleged victims (plus two unborn babies).

The murder victims have been identified as Brook Phillips, 22, Milagros Barrera, 22, Jennifer Lynn Ermey, 25, and Casey Mark Barrientos, 32. Phillips and Barrera were both pregnant at the time of their murders.

Prosecutors allege that the killing was actually an ordered 'hit' on Barrientos, ordered by Denny Phillips, and that the female victims were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. 

All of the victims were shot repeatedly and their bodies set on fire. Phillips and Ermey were also repeatedly stabbed.

Previous testimony revealed that Denny Phillips was involved in a large drug and prostitution criminal network. Denny Phillips is said to have worked with Barrientos in his drug trafficking efforts and that Phillips became unhappy with the amount of money he was being paid. Denny Phillips then sought to kill Barrientos.

JohnTV will provide coverage of the trial, which should begin with opening statements later this week. The trial is expected to take several weeks to complete.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

You can read more about the details of this case on JohnTV's 'Cathouse' Murder and Trial Home Page.