Two men found guilty in Cathouse murder trial

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Update: Tears fell from both sides, as two men accused of murder were found guilty on six counts of murder and one count of conspiracy.

Denny Phillips -

  1. Conspiracy, guilty
  2. Casey, guilty
  3. Milagros, guilty
  4. Brooke, guilty
  5. Jennifer, guilty
  6. Unborn baby, guilty
  7. Unborn baby, guilty

Russell Hogshooter -

  1. Conspiracy, guilty
  2. Casey, guilty
  3. Milagros, guilty
  4. Brooke, guilty
  5. Jennifer, guilty
  6. Unborn baby, guilty
  7. Unborn baby, guilty

Sentencing will begin Tuesday morning.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The jury is deliberating in the high profile Cathouse murder trial.

Two men face the death penalty, accused of conspiring to carry out the brutal murders.

You may remember the case.

It got national media attention, because one of the victims was a prostitute on the HBO reality show 'Cathouse,' a legal brothel.

The jury went out around 5:30 p.m. Monday after a full day of closing arguments from the state and the defense.

Prosecutors said Denny Phillips and Russell Hogshooter conspired to kill six people, including two unborn babies, but defense attorneys argued the state's star witnesses were unreliable and the evidence isn't there.

Prosecutors said the killers stabbed and shot the victims before setting their bodies on fire in November 2009.

The horrific murders happened in south Oklahoma City.

There were four adult victims, two of them were pregnant.

"It was disgusting, I was crying in the courtroom," said Dennis Hof.

Hof said victim Brooke Phillips was his girlfriend.

She also worked for him at his brothel.

The Moonlite Bunny Ranch was the focus of an HBO reality show.

"It's the saddest day of my life, listening to these disgusting creeps, what they did. The Bunny Ranch will never get over it," Hof said.

Prosecutors said Denny ordered the killing of drug dealer Casey Barrientos over a dispute involving money.

Attorneys for the state also said three women at the house that night were killed simply to eliminate them as witnesses.

Brooke and Milagros Berrera were pregnant.

The state alleges Denny was calling the shots and told Hogshooter along with two other men to execute the murder mission.

Hogshooter's attorney argued there were inconsistencies in the testimony of the state's two star witnesses - the men who already pled guilty to the crime.

Denny's attorney claimed the state's other witnesses were high on meth back when the murders happened, calling them unreliable.

Now six and a half years after the the murders, it's up to a jury of 12 men and women what happens next.

Right now, the jury is deciding on guilt or innocence.

That's the first phase of this trial.

If they're found guilty, then the punishment phase begins, which will take several days.

If convicted, Denny and Hogshooter face the death penalty.

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