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Bodybuilders and Murder
Here's a new crime to come across the radar during the holiday week just passed. Two bodybuilders, a Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan, had a live-in personal assistant, Melissa James, who was discovered bound and gagged in the trunk of Ryan's Jaguar. The Jaguar had been torched.
Seems even in liberal Las Vegas they don't approve of this sort of behavior, which is likely why these two went on the lam, ending up clear across country in Massachusetts. Ryan was picked up there as she was getting her nails done.
They claim they were not trying to escape the authorities, but I must ask, then, just why are they fighting extradition back to Nevada?
Accused bodybuilders were in elite class
Couple to face charges in death of assistant
By Douglas Belkin and Benjamin Freed
Boston Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent
December 25, 2005
They were considered royalty in the bodybuilding community, their physiques so perfectly developed that just a few weeks ago they were commanding $3,000 fees for just a few minutes of flexing on stage.
Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan sat in a South Shore jail, awaiting extradition to Las Vegas where Titus will formally be charged with murdering the couple's personal assistant and burning her corpse, Las Vegas and local police said.
''They were best of the best," said Darrell Terrell, a nationally ranked bodybuilder who hired the couple in July to pose at a show he promoted in Oklahoma. ''They were the elite in the industry. This whole thing has just shocked everybody."
Titus, 40, and Ryan, 33, were arrested Friday afternoon at a Stoughton nail salon after FBI agents were tipped that the two were heading to Boston to meet a friend, liquidate their assets, and flee the country.
Their travel plans took a sudden turn after Melissa James, the couple's 28-year-old live-in personal assistant, was found dead in the trunk of Ryan's red 2003 Jaguar, according to court documents. James had been bound and gagged, the car had been torched, and James's body was partially burnt.
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