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Bodybuilding couple indicted in live-in aide’s Las Vegas slaying

LAS VEGAS - A Clark County grand jury has indicted married bodybuilders Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan on felony charges accusing them of killing their live-in assistant and torching her body in Ryan’s car in the desert.

Titus and Ryan are each charged with murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping and accessory to murder in the slaying of 28-year-old Melissa James in December.

The indictment moves the case to state court. It lists drugging, binding, shocking with a stun gun and strangling — and says any or all could have caused James’ death.

A coroner’s autopsy was inconclusive — but said opiate intoxication was a contributing factor.

Titus, Ryan and an accused accomplice — Anthony Gross — are also charged with third-degree arson in the burning of James’ body.

All three are due for arraignment on Wednesday — where they’re expected to plead not guilty.

The charges against Titus and Ryan carry the possibility of the death penalty — although prosecutors say it’s premature to say whether the state will seek execution.

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