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April 8, 2014

Two McAlester residents, Oklahoma City woman, remain jailed on desecration, conspiracy counts

McALESTER — Two McAlester residents and an Oklahoma City woman remained jailed in Logan County on Tuesday, charged with felony counts of desecration of a human corpse and conspiracy to commit the act in connection with the discovery of a bound and burned body found in a field near Langston.

Johnny Dean Snow, 49, of McAlester; Brandy Kathryn Hanson, 35, of McAlester, and Angela Eva Muñoz, 24, of Oklahoma City, were jointly charged with the two felonies while a murder investigation is ongoing, according to information from Logan County authorities.

Snow and Hanson  remained jailed Tuesday at the Logan County Detention Center on $500,000 bond each. Bond for Muñoz, who was also jailed in Logan County, is set at $1 million.

They were arrested following an investigation into the death of Shawn Masters, 38, of Blanchard, according to court documents.

Masters’ body had been found in a rural area south of State Highway 33 between Langston and Guthrie by firefighters dispatched to a grass fire on Jan. 31, according to an affidavit filed in connection with the case.

He was bound at his hands and feet and the body was badly burned, the affidavit states. The state Medical Examiner’s office identified the body through dental records, court documents state.

None of the three have been charged with murder in Logan County as of Friday, according to the Logan County District Attorney’s office.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to Logan County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Hynd.

Charges in Logan County allege that on or about January 31, Snow, Hanson and Muñoz  “transported the corpse of Shawn Masters to a location in south Logan County and burned the corpse with the intent to dispose of, prevent the identification, and impede any investigation regarding the death of Shawn Masters.”

The second charge accuses them of conspiring to commit the felony.

A preliminary hearing conference, ordinarily used to schedule a date for a preliminary hearing, is set for May 22.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

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