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    Vegas Bodybuilders Nabbed for Murder Near Boston

    http://news.bostonherald.com/localRe...ticleid=118482

    Vegas Bodybuilders Nabbed for Murder Near Boston
    By O’Ryan Johnson
    Saturday, December 24, 2005


    Nationally known bodybuilder Craig Titus and his fitness model wife Kelly Ryan were swarmed by FBI agents at a Stoughton shopping plaza yesterday and arrested in connection with the brutal Las Vegas murder of their live-in assistant two weeks ago, officials said.

    Titus was wanted for the Dec. 14 murder of Melissa James, 28, who was found by Nevada firefighters in the trunk of Titus’ smoldering cherry-red Jaguar, her face wrapped in duct tape and a ligature around her neck, according to a Las Vegas arrest warrant.

    The warrant states that on Dec. 17, Titus told a business associate “I’m guilty” and said he intended to go to Boston where a bodybuilder friend would help him liquidate his assets so he could flee to a country with no extradition treaty with the United States.

    Ryan is being eyed by police as a possible accessory after the fact.

    FBI spokesman Gail Marcinkiewicz said the arrest happened about 3:45 p.m. at the Shaw’s Plaza on Route 138. She said both surrendered peacefully.

    Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz said, since Tuesday, detectives from his force as well as FBI agents scouted the area around Route 138 for signs of Titus’ beige Dodge Ram 2500. The Las Vegas arrest warrant said Titus traded in his silver Dodge Viper truck for a beige one days after the murder.

    Yesterday law enforcement spotted the truck in a Shaw’s Plaza. When agents and police surrounded the couple, Titus was inside the truck, a Mug Root Beer at his side. Ryan was inside a nail salon at the plaza, Berkowitz said.

    Titus, 40, and Ryan, 33, were held last night at the Canton Police Department, where Officer Ted Leehan said they were being interviewed by FBI agents.

    Berkowitz said Las Vegas detectives are en route to take custody of the two following a rendition hearing Tuesday.

    Titus will be charged with murder and third degree arson, and Ryan is to be charged with accessory to murder and arson, officials said.

    Titus and Ryan have appeared on the covers of numerous muscle magazines.

    Titus’ bodybuilding career spans more than a decade. In that time he’s appeared on more than a dozen magazine covers. Ryan has also appeared on the covers of several bodybuilding magazines. Each has a Web site where they talk about their professional lives and personal life together.

    But the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that according to the warrant, Titus had told police he and the couple’s live-in assistant were having an affair.

    Titus and Ryan told investigators before fleeing that they had nothing to do with the murder, The Associated Press reported.

    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.
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    What a terrible crime committed by the most unlikely of people. I guess these health and fitness fanatics weren't too concerned about the health or fitness of their poor victim, huh?


    Edited to add links to web sites

    Craig Titus Websites
    http://members.tripod.com/craigtitus1/
    http://www.bodybuilders.com/titus.htm

    Kelly Ryan Websites
    http://www.bodybuilders.com/ryan.htm
    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/kellyryan.htm
    Last edited by Pomeraniac; 12-24-2005 at 09:41 AM.

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