The man arrested in connection with the shocking murder of pregnant Cathouse prostitute turned reality TV star Brooke Phillips and several others was a champion wrestler and cage fighter, RadarOnline.com has learned.
In addition, detectives say 28-year-old David Allen Tyner — who surrendered Tuesday to police after an eyewitness identified him at the home where the victims were burned and shot to death — knew one of the victims and they are looking into the possibility that he was not acting alone.
Tyner was a two-time state champion wrestler and a state runner-up at Locust Grove as a high school senior in 2000; he wrestled at the University Of Tennessee Chatanooga and later joined the Marine Corps.
Tyner then became a cage fighter and completed a 6-1 record in mixed martial arts fighting bouts in Oklahoma and Kansas City in 2006 and 2007.
Jason Nicholson, a former fight promoter claimed Tyner was like a brother and planned his next fight in Kansas City next month.
“Knowing what he’s charged with shocks me the most,” Nicholson said.
Despite the horrific crime, it does not appear that Tyner had any previous police history.
Sheriff Frank Cantey said: “We searched and cannot find where he was in trouble with the law before – I’ve talked to 10 people and everybody is surprised – he was a pretty good guy.”
The State Medical Examiner is having to use dental records to formally identify two of the victims – all four victims were shot (two of the women being pregnant) before someone set the house on fire.
One of the two identified victims was Brooke Philips, 22, who starred in HBO’s popular Cathouse series.
She was a licensed prostitute at the Nevada brothel and was taking time off from the Moonlite Bunny Ranch because she was pregnant.
Services have been arranged for the other known victim Milagros Barrera for 11am Friday at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang.
Barrera – who was also pregnant – was a cell phone saleswoman.
Colorful Bunny Ranch boss Dennis Hoff and his prostitutes are understood to be going to travel from Nevada once the funeral arrangement for Phillips have been made to pay their respects to the former working girl.
Because two of the four victims were pregnant, Tyner is charged with six counts of murder.