Craig Titus And Wife Kelly Ryan Arrested On Murder Charges



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(CBS4) CANTON Professional bodybuilder Craig Titus and his wife,
Kelly Ryan, were arrested Friday in Stoughton as fugitives in the slaying
of a woman whose body was found last week in Ryan's burned-out luxury
car abandoned off a remote desert highway.

Titus, 40, and Ryan, 33, were arrested by federal agents and local police
at the Shaw's Plaza in Stoughton and were being held in nearby Canton,
FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said. The two towns are about
15 miles south of Boston.

Members of the FBI stormed into a Stoughton nail salon Friday
afternoon -- where Ryan had planned to get her pedicure -- and
arrested Titus and Ryan, who looked vastly different from the
way they normally appear.

An FBI spokesman in Las Vegas said the two are expected to
be returned to Las Vegas next week.

Titus and Ryan were being held on a federal charge of unlawful flight
to avoid prosecution on a warrant issued Dec. 20 in Las Vegas. Titus
is wanted on state murder charges, and Ryan was sought as an
accessory to murder. Titus and Ryan also are charged with
third-degree arson.

Titus told Las Vegas police that he'd had a secret romance with
the dead woman, Melissa James, 28, court records show.

In an interview with police before they disappeared, neither Titus
nor Ryan admitted any involvement with James' slaying.

She had worked as a live-in personal assistant to the couple at
their Las Vegas home. Her charred body was discovered Dec.
14 in the trunk of Ryan's burned red 2003 Jaguar in a remote
spot southwest of Las Vegas.

Titus and Ryan told a friend last week that they planned to go
to a country that does not extradite people to the United States,
according to a police report submitted to Las Vegas Justice
Court. Titus told a business partner that he intended to meet
a friend in Boston, liquidate his assets and leave the country,
police said.

Details of police interviews with the bodybuilding couple were
provided in a document seeking an arrest warrant for Titus,
Ryan and Anthony Gross, 23.

Gross was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas and charged
with accessory to murder and third-degree arson. He is
scheduled for an initial court appearance Tuesday.

The married bodybuilding couple remained free after telling
detectives that James had been fired and evicted Dec. 13
because they believed she had been embezzling from them,
and that they suspected James stole Ryan's car.

According to court records, the couple claimed James was
embezzling money from their bodybuilding business in Vegas.

Titus and Ryan had not previously reported the financial theft
nor the missing vehicle, police said.

Titus told a detective that his wife was not aware of his affair
with James. He told police he booked a hotel room Dec. 12
for two nights and spent most of one night there with James.

James was last heard from when she spoke with her mother
in New Jersey by cell phone shortly before noon Dec. 13.

Four days later, Amanda Polk, a bodybuilder who trained
with Ryan, told police that Ryan told her she'd found James
dead from a drug overdose and that she thought Titus had
someone get rid of the body.

Credit card receipts and security videotapes show that Ryan
bought seven half-gallon bottles of charcoal starter fluid and
a barbecue tool set at a Wal-Mart store in Las Vegas about
3:30 a.m. Dec. 14. The videotape shows her and a man
putting the items in the back seat of a red mid-sized car
similar to a Jaguar.

Phone records showed Titus called Gross early Dec. 14,
police said. Gross told investigators he met Titus, who
drove the red Jaguar while Gross bought a can of gasoline
and followed in his pickup to a remote area off state Highway 160.

Gross told police Titus took the gas can, disappeared,
and then jumped in the pickup. Gross said he drove
back to Las Vegas, but the two never discussed what
happened.

Authorities later found James' body in the trunk of the
burned Jaguar with white fabric around her neck and
duct tape across the face. A suitcase was found in the
back seat, along with the charred remains of a barbecue
tool set. Police said James was found dashed with lighter
fluid and duct tape on her face.

The Clark County coroner determined James was
probably asphyxiated, police said.

The 5-foot-9-inch, 250-pound Titus won titles at the
June 1996 National Physique Committee USA Championships
and competed in Mr. Olympia events.

Titus pleaded guilty in Louisiana in April 1995 to conspiracy
to possess with intent to distribute the party drug ecstasy, and
served two years in jail for steroid-related offenses
from 1997 to 1999.

Ryan is a past Fitness America and Fitness International
winner and Fitness Olympia runner-up, who worked as
a loan officer for Silver State Mortgage in Las Vegas.

Titus and Ryan will be sent back to Las Vegas to face
the murder charge.
 
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"W. Bacon" <[email protected]> wrote:

>www.freecraigtitus.com
>
>Has interesting info on this case...


"An unbiased look at the Titus saga" ... with a name like Free Craig
Titus, created and sponsored by a guy who creates web sites for IFBB
pros. Yeah, right.

Titus is entitled to a presumption of innocence. But I wouldn't call
that site "unbiased." The links pointing fingers in all sorts of
directions are classic examples of how criminal defense attorneys
create reasonable doubt.
 
W. Bacon wrote:
> www.freecraigtitus.com
>
> Has interesting info on this case...


It has very interesting info...because so far the murder makes
no sense. You don't kill someone for embezzeling money.
The victim did not die of a drug over dose.
Craig bought her a plane ticket to go home for holidays.
We are missing the full story, but this fleshes it out a bit more.
- Robbielynn
 
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Axel of the North!

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On 25 Dec 2005 20:50:30 -0800, [email protected] wrote:

>
>W. Bacon wrote:
>> www.freecraigtitus.com
>>
>> Has interesting info on this case...

>
>It has very interesting info...because so far the murder makes
>no sense. You don't kill someone for embezzeling money.
>The victim did not die of a drug over dose.
>Craig bought her a plane ticket to go home for holidays.
>We are missing the full story, but this fleshes it out a bit more.
> - Robbielynn
>


are.. they.. gonna.. DIE?!?





if you're gonna die...

if you're gonna die.

gonna die...

if you're gonna die...

if you're gonna DIE!!!..

if you're gonna die..

if you're gonna DIE!

if you're gonna die, die with yer boots on!
 
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Curt James

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[email protected] wrote:

re www.freecraigtitus.com

>It has very interesting info...because so far the murder makes
>no sense.


Like any murder does.

Murderer: "HE NEEDED KILLIN'."
Prosecuting attorney: "Oh. Okay, fair enough. That makes sense.
Charges dismissed, right?"

>You don't kill someone for embezzeling money.


Some would disagree.

>The victim did not die of a drug over dose.


Yeah. THAT'S RIGHT! TITUS KILLED HER!

>Craig bought her a plane ticket to go home for holidays.


That's what he /says/. Has that been proven? Do they have that on
security video like they have Ryan (Mrs. Titus) on tape buying lighter
fluid and that bbq kit? Uh huh. Okay then.

>We are missing the full story, but this fleshes it out a bit more.


Perhaps your brain would benefit from being fleshed out a bit more. I
wonder.

> - Robbielynn


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Alex

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"Curt James" <[email protected]> schreef in bericht
news:[email protected]
> [email protected] wrote:
>
> re www.freecraigtitus.com
>
> >It has very interesting info...because so far the murder makes
> >no sense.

>
> Like any murder does.
>
> Murderer: "HE NEEDED KILLIN'."
> Prosecuting attorney: "Oh. Okay, fair enough. That makes sense.
> Charges dismissed, right?"
>
> >You don't kill someone for embezzeling money.

>
> Some would disagree.
>
> >The victim did not die of a drug over dose.

>
> Yeah. THAT'S RIGHT! TITUS KILLED HER!


Why Titus, and not the wife? She was the one who
was jealous, if Titus and the victim were having an affair.

From the pictures, she looks strong enough to strangle
someone with a towel, or whatever they found around
the victim's neck.

Alex
 
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Curt James

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Alex <[email protected]> wrote:

>"Curt James" <[email protected]> schreef in bericht


>> [email protected] wrote:
>>
>> re www.freecraigtitus.com
>>
>> >It has very interesting info...because so far the murder makes
>> >no sense.

>>
>> Like any murder does.

<snip>
>> <snip> TITUS KILLED HER!

>
>Why Titus, and not the wife? She was the one who
>was jealous, if Titus and the victim were having an affair.


But Titus stated that his wife did not know about the alleged affair.

And, actually, I suspect there was no affair. I believe they're both
liars. They claimed embezzlement, but made no report to the police.
They claimed vehicle theft, but, again, made no report to the police.

They both ran and left a girl's dead body in the trunk of a burned
car. Did I read that the coroner stated that asphyxiation was the
cause of death? Do you think she was strangled in the home or do you
believe she was alive when they put her in the trunk of the car? The
body was partially burned, if I recall the news report.

I hope they both get the death penalty. Barring that, I hope they both
rot in jail. And without weights.

>From the pictures, she looks strong enough to strangle
>someone with a towel, or whatever they found around
>the victim's neck.


I agree, but, again, Titus stated his wife was unaware of the alleged
affair. Still, any person can be jealous of another person. Perhaps it
was the wife. Regardless: They both f#cked up big time.

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