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Defendant yells at prosecutor during court appearance

Defendant yells at prosecutor during court appearance
Titus takes issue with comments about wife
By GLENN PUIT - REVIEW-JOURNAL - Photos by Gary Thompson
July 19, 2006

Kelly ryan and craig titus

Slaying suspect Craig Titus exchanged words with a prosecutor Tuesday during legal arguments over whether a murder charge against the bodybuilder and his wife should be dismissed.

The tense moment unfolded as Clark County prosecutor Robert Daskas told District Judge Jackie Glass that Titus’ wife, fitness champion Kelly Ryan, was an active participant in the slaying of Titus and Ryan’s personal assistant, Melissa James, in December.

“It was Kelly Ryan herself who was involved in the fight with Melissa James,” Daskas said. “It was Kelly Ryan who used a Taser or stun gun (on the victim). … It was Kelly Ryan herself who injected Melissa James with morphine.”

“No she did not!” Titus suddenly yelled out.

“Well, let’s ask Mr. Titus who did it,” Daskas said, looking directly at Titus.

“I’m getting tired of him saying that,” Titus said.

Glass warned Titus that if he continued to act out, he would be removed from court. Titus promised to behave.

The episode came as attorneys for Titus and Ryan sought dismissal of murder, conspiracy, arson and kidnapping charges against the couple in James’ death. Glass declined to dismiss any of the charges.

Afterward, defense attorney Steven Boozang said Titus’ outburst was because of his client’s frustration over the false charges lodged by prosecutors and Titus was simply sticking up for his wife.

The episode marks the second time in recent months that Titus has been involved in an awkward display in court. During a bail hearing in April, Glass ordered Titus and Ryan be held without bail while awaiting trial. Titus shook his head and laughed loudly.

Titus and Ryan are charged with killing James, 28, then burning the body in the back of Ryan’s car off state Route 160.

Ryan is a 33-year-old past Fitness America champion and Ms. Olympia runner-up, and Titus is a 40-year-old past place-winner of international Mr. Olympia competitions.

An acquaintance, Anthony Gross, is accused of being an accomplice by helping them burn James’ body. Gross, 23, remains under house arrest after posting $13,000 bail. He was charged with accessory to murder and third-degree arson.

A witness, Megan Pierson, has told a grand jury that Titus and Ryan talked about James’ death and using a Taser on her. Pierson said Ryan talked about the victim being beaten and drugged, and said Titus later mimicked choking the victim.

In statements to police, Titus and Ryan denied wrongdoing, saying they found the victim overdosed on drugs in their car. They panicked and burned the body off Sandy Valley Road. Gross has also pleaded innocent to the charges.

In court Tuesday, defense attorneys said the charges against the couple are flawed. They argued that there is no proof that James was kidnapped, as prosecutors allege; that the grand jury proceedings against the couple were faulty; and that there is no evidence that a deadly weapon was used in the crime.

The defense noted that the Clark County coroner’s office has been unable to determine a cause of death for James.

But Glass ruled the charges of murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and arson should stand, and that the case should go to trial.

Glass also refused to dismiss arson and accessory charges against Gross.

Trial for all three is scheduled for January.

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This article is from Las Vegas Review-Journal

13 Responses to “Defendant yells at prosecutor during court appearance”

  1. Volkhammer Says:

    Anyone know where I can find more courtroom photos? I’m fascinated by images of the incredible shrinking man…

  2. observer Says:

    In all seriousness, these “vocal tics” or outbursts are the tip of an iceberg that loom large underneath. Anyone who has been around Mr. Titus may have heard the similar outbursts like a person with Tourette’s Syndrome.

    If indeed, he has some form of mental illness, would it be right to punish someone for being sick? Would we punish a retarded person for being retarded?

  3. Fred Says:

    Some people don’t realize how stupid they look. It’s the ignorance is bliss saying in action I guess. Titus gives bodybuilding a bad name, the guy is a total retard!

  4. WTF Says:

    This Titus dipstick is his own worst enemy. Keep it up Craig, you’re doing great, NOT!

  5. Nic Nasty Says:

    Bad move on the prosecutors part. Looks like they wanna “Plan B” Kelly, blaming it all on her, hoping Craig will admit to everything. Even if he didn’t, they at least still get to pin everything on Kelly. Prosecutors may think win-win for them. But it could well back fire, putting jurors in doubt. With reasonable doubt, they can’t convict those 2 for murder.

    Court room drama unfolding, when’s the movie bout these 2 going to come out:)

  6. Who Cares Says:

    I disagree, I believe this strategy could work. They already know of Craig’s instability and lack of emotional control. If compelled to display one or more outbursts in the presence of a jury it’s all over for both of them.

    As for Kelly’s recent conversion to smoke screen Christian, that crap went out the window years ago. Not many people fall for the old murderer to Christian in sixty seconds. With their credibility having been eroded in recent years by the likes of Pat Robertson, Jim Baker, Oral Roberts (fitting name) and countless others, Christianity makes for a poor choice of defense.

    Remember the gal who left the pickaxe in the chest of her victim in Texas? she tried the conversion theory. She was even featured on Sixty Minutes and came off with that trademark glazed eye look that is common among born again criminals. She also tried to pass on that her boyfriend hooked her on drugs and turned her life upside down story (similar to this case). The great state of Texas and then Governor George Dubya executed her regardless of her conversion.

    Any religion can be a good thing however if used for a last minute get out of jail free card, God sees through that and isn’t stupid. It’s just that the born again community makes a lot of money convincing the weak and the stupid that no matter what you do, a last minute conversion will set you free. For a price of course.

  7. Nic Nasty Says:

    I was thinking all that shouting was due to roid rage, but then, I don’t think he can get any supply right now. Trace effect may be hehehe.

    I agree Who Cares, if Craig keeps it up, both their asses will be fried even before you can say KFC.

    Long time for him to chill out before the trial actually starts though. Maybe he too will find god by then.

  8. PJ Wonders Says:

    I still think that IF Kelly had truly found the lord, she would NOT be loyal to Craig any longer.

  9. quilty Says:

    Craig looks evil with that goatee. I love Kelly in those cute, nymphet glasses. Put me on that jury. Innocent indeed. Her web site is still up. In some of those bathing suit photos she looks remarkably well-groomed. Does anyone know anything about prison life? Do female inmates get access to razors and Brazilian wax treatments?

  10. Seth Mc david Says:

    Guilty,

    Why don’t you just rent a good porn, wack it, and leave Kelly Ryan alone. Yes, she is beautiful and that says a lot for where she is at. Craig looks stylish with that goatee. Look around lately, you will see that they are very in. But the way you talk, you don’t seem to get out of the house much, do you? Poor guy, GET A LIFE!

  11. chainsaw Says:

    Seth,

    Craig looks like the devil with that goatee. He should shave it and grow some hair like he had in the 90’s

  12. darkstar Says:

    Seth,

    And where might that be that Kelly is at???
    Sitting on her once hard ass, in the Clark County jail, that’s where……

    And as far as CT and KR being very “in”, you are right again…right “in” the Clark County jail…

    C’mon Seth, a little reality goes a long way, dude…

    d*

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