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BODYBUILDER CASE: Informant gets reduced sentence

The main reporter covering the Titus and Ryan case, Glenn Puit, has provided another development via the Review Journal

An informant in the Craig Titus murder case had his lengthy prison sentence reduced to probation after ferreting out an alleged plot to kill three witnesses against the bodybuilder, according to court records obtained by the Review-Journal.

In March, Deen Cassim, 32, had been sentenced to three to 12 years in prison for the high-profile robbery of a national poker player.
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But after working as an informant who exposed an alleged plot to have three witnesses killed in Titus’ murder case, Cassim was resentenced to probation in June, then released from the Clark County Detention Center.

Titus defense attorney Marc Saggese said that the benefits afforded to Cassim by authorities were inappropriate and that he now thinks Titus was the victim of a setup.

“Deen Cassim is a violent criminal, and they’ve let a violent criminal out on the streets,” Saggese said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Saggese said he has never seen a defendant who already has been sentenced to prison resentenced in the same case after cooperating with authorities.

“Do you know how hard it is to amend a sentencing like this? Saggese said. “I’m floored. I have never, ever, heard of a resentencing of a convicted felon like that.”

The prosecutor in the Titus case, Robert Daskas, declined comment Monday.

Cassim’s attorney, Marty Hart, did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

– Read the entire article here.

62 Responses to “BODYBUILDER CASE: Informant gets reduced sentence”

  1. Voice of Reason Says:

    I would think that with this news, the final nail has been driven into CT’s coffin. Resentencing this criminal to parole must send a message that he has shared some pretty incrimating evidence that should put CT away for a very long time.

  2. Family Friend Says:

    Resentencing this criminal illustrates the dire straits the prosecution is in. Seems to show the kind of tactics and lengths the “good guys” are willing to take to fabricate I mean build a case. Hey if they don’t have , can’t find it, they’ll just make it up as they go along. Lay down with dogs……. Seems to me the Vegas Criminal Justice SYSTEM needs to be dipped.

  3. chainsaw Says:

    Famly Friend,

    I would have to agree with you on that. These cops out here in Vegas are corrupt.

    I still haven’t seen all the evidence, but what I did see so far looks pretty damning.

  4. KNEW THEM Says:

    To me it seems like the prosecution is going to throw everything against the wall and see what sticks. True, it doesn’t look good for CT and KR but the list of probable witnesses for the pros. is people just like CT and KR.

  5. Disgusted Says:

    It appears that the prosecuter has CT by the short and curlies with this latest development. They simply threw back a smelly fish for a larger smellier fish. Don’t be surprised if Kelly turns on him to save her chicken ass as well. Surely you don’t think for one minute that the prosecuters aren’t dangling the carrot of freedom in her face for her testimony? As for the smelly fish, they’ll catch him again.

    Craig has breathed his last free breath, deal with it and move on.

  6. NEVADA LAW Says:

    The Truth is that a sentence reduction for someone providing Substantial Assistance to Law Enforcement is a common practice in Nevada as well the entire US. If that assistance helped save the lives of 3 witnesses in a murder case. I would think that any reasonable and prudent person would conclude that assistance was substantial.
    NEW THEM brings up a good point and the fact is that many of the witnesses against Craig & Kelly are a lot like Craig & Kelly. 99% of the Mafia cases involve informants that are equally as bad or worse then those that are being prosecuted. Anyone Remember Sammy The Bull?

  7. KNEW THEM Says:

    We all remember the canary or “bull”. Where is Sammy now? Sammy’s in jail for dis. of X. Got the big fish and the little fish later.

  8. venice member Says:

    I don’t feel like eating this sushi anymore.

  9. wayne mortensen Says:

    I have often maintained that either Kelly or CT would roll by thanksgiving. I do not think anyone of these two are being offered a deal because it is so late in the game. The trial starts in just a few weeks.

  10. chainsaw Says:

    I don’t know why anyone would think that they would offer Kelly a deal to roll over on Craig. If you read the Grand Jury Transcipts, you will see that Kelly admitted to several witnesses that she shot her with morphine and tased MJ. Therefore, there is a better chance that they would offer CT a deal if anyone is offered one.

  11. darkstar Says:

    I dont see them offering CT a deal…What for?

    d*

  12. KNEW THEM Says:

    No deals, maybe a plea, here’s why: MJ was CT and KR’s scorer(personal asst.). She did use KR’s jag all the time. CT and KR didn’t want to take too many chances on getting popped scoring their dope. MJ didn’t mind using their $ because she always took her cut. The last score she made, she took all of the score and returned with only a few bucks left. She said she got ripped off. CT and KR new better because she came back very loaded. CT and KR would never kill anyone, but they would try to scare you into telling them where their dope was. CT choked thinking she was holding out on them. MJ got tased, duct taped, and put in a trunk. This is all because CT and KR really thoght their dope was somewhere. MJ got her’s and tried to deny she did, but used most of the money. Morphine or any form of it will affect the resportory system. Try breathing in the back of a trunk loaded, shot up,tased, choked, and duct taped. That’s tough to due. When CT opened the trunk later, MJ couldn’t tell CT where the dope was; she suffacated(sp). This is when the “guilty of a bad decision” line comes in. This is such a tragedy all the way around. There are many families, friends, and children who this will affect for the rest of their lives. Don’t forget, CT has two kids. I pray for my old friend and the siblings, moms, dads, brothers and sisters who this will afffect. I know they didn’t intend for this to happen. When someone has an addiction youre lfe or freedom can change in seconds.

  13. venice member Says:

    I just did a Google Images search on Deem Cassim.

    He’s going to be playing “Egghead” in the next Batman movie.

  14. chainsaw Says:

    Knew Them,

    Well, that sounds like a pretty good summation of what probably had happened. Maybe he should plea to involuntary manslaughter if it was offered. But I don’t think it will.

    d* CT didn’t inject her or tase her. We really don’t have proof of anything that he did except arson. Unless of course he did do the choke hold. I don’t know, look forward to hear more comments.

  15. KNEW THEM Says:

    Not a bad call Chainsaw, Craig has always been lucky when it came to being so close to trouble so many times. Hey Chain, do you know 100% that duct was found on MJ’s mouth/head area? I’m not familiar with Las Vegas law, but if CT takes the stand in his defense, would KR be forced too since they are being tried together? I would love to watch this to see exactly what comes into court. I have watched many court battles over the past 15 yrs. and a lot of what comes out in the news from “sources” never gets even close to a courtroom.

  16. Nevada Law Says:

    CHAINSAW AND NEW THEM Both have good points:
    Lets assuming that NEW THEM’s descriptions of the events are what truly did transpire. What are CT and KR looking at? Remember this is a State case and in Nevada furnishing a controlled substance (morphine) that aids in or caused the death of a person is still classified as MURDER. Now lets take into consideration the overt acts of Tazing, Choking, Binding, Gagging and placing that person in the confined space of a car trunk. What are the charges: Battery Causing Substantial Bodily Harm, Torture, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Kidnapping, Conspiracy, Aiding and Abetting and Murders as it is the result of the aforementioned acts. The list can go on and on and all of these are Felonies and will send them to prison for a long long time. The prosecution will offer both plea bargains, but I don’t think that either CT or KR will take a 25 to life deal. Lets not forget that the partial confessions that were given to investigators when they were fist arrested have not yet been suppressed and those alone are enough to convict them on the majority of charges listed above. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

  17. chainsaw Says:

    Knew them

    I belive that there was duct tape around the head, but there was what appeared to be a blanket over the head. Now that was burned off, and the coroner said that there were fluids on the duct tape, but stopped short of saying it was “a gag”. Also, the rope or ligature that they are speaking of I don’t believe was a piece used to strangle, it was found laying on top or across her face. There are really no “specifics” in the coroners report. If CT and KR can get Dr. Lee or Dr. Wecht to testify for them, they could have a chance at a lighter sentance. Of course they would have to testify in their favor though.

    Nevada Law:

    I belive anything you do and someone dies you could be liable for murder so you are correct as well. If you punch someone, and they fall back and get hit by a car and killed, that is no longer just an assault and battery. Unless its self defense of course.

    Does anyone think CT or KR could try and use self defense? I mean a taser is a defensive weapon.

  18. KNEW THEM Says:

    Chain, No Way, No How; self defense. The judge and jury would be shown pictures of CT and KR before the charges were brought and the courtroom laughter would begin. Order, order, order in the court. I don’t think cause of death will be proven without a doubt. I’m not sure they will be convicted of murder. I do think they will be sentenced the maximum for crimes such as what N. Law stated above. Those 5 to 25 year charges are easier to get from a jury, and 25 plus 25 is 50 which would be life to them. Question about Nevada St. law: If the state does not bring such a list of charges as N. Law stated above, can the jury(if they are hung on 1st degree murder) ask the judge what others choices of conviction of crimes can they choose from? Someone please let me know.

  19. darkstar Says:

    Knew them,

    First, as to your question above re: if a co defendant testifies, does that force the other co-defendant to testify as well? No, it does not. They may be being tried at the same trial, but they can be found guilty or not guilty independently, so their individual right to remain silent, so to speak, and not testify is preserved. Just because CT for example gets on the stand and tries to ’splain it all away, doesnt mean KR has to do the same thing…If he or she does take the stand, the door is now open for the prosecutor to cross examine them, and that will be bad news for CT and KR…Its not a matter of Las Vegas law (kind of a contradiction in terms, eh?) but of common established criminal procedural case law, evidence, and constitutional law.

    Further, not being able to prove a specific cause of death doesnt prevent a first degree murder conviction from being had…remember Scott Peterson? I dont recall any specific details of how he killed Lacy, yet he is on DR in friendly San Q…circumstantial evidence, or, as they say, the “totality of the circumstances” is often compelling enough to get a jury to convict. The Binion case was the same way…lots of theories of how Dead Ted assumed room temperature, from Baden and company, but in spite of a lack of hard evidence to back up those theories, Tabish and Murphy were convicted of murdering him…(reversed later on other grounds…at the retrial, they were found not guilty of the murder.)

    I am not sure if the jury will have the option of convicting of say, second degree murder if they cannot find premeditation for first degree murder…it may depend on the judges instructions to the jury at the end of the trial. Jury instructions are fertile areas for appeals, so that will be something to pay attention to at the end of the trial. You are right though, the other charges are more clear cut, and still carry a lot of years in the pokey…

    I am sure CT’s lawyer is reminding him that the road to state prison is littered with defendants who chose to take the stand…

    But what the hell, we are all speculating about all of this, which is cheap entertainment…the trial is not far away and then the real game starts…

    d*

  20. KNEW THEM Says:

    Hey D*: Can you think of anything at all in my old friends favor…. I’m brain-storming right now(while at work) I can’t think of anything that will get he and KR out of many yrs.

  21. chainsaw Says:

    Knew Them,

    She od’d with speed since she had a long flight home,
    They shot her with morphine to come down,
    Came down too hard and they jumped her heart with the taser,
    Couldn’t do it so they burned her body,

  22. KNEW THEM Says:

    O.K. thanks for the comment….Bet they were going to report the car stolen, but first had to score and by that time well, guess who’s knocking at the door.

  23. KNEW THEM Says:

    Hey Chain and D* I wonder where Jen’s been? I bet she’s hot….From Florida and into fitness… what do you think?

  24. darkstar Says:

    Knew Them,

    CT and KR are in a tight spot, based on what is known so far. Obviously the state thinks it has a strong case, based on what has been shown so far.
    Now, when the trial starts, I think the defense’s best shot may be to pick apart the procedural aspects of the case…suppress this, quash that…the evidence in general is voluminous, but the defense may be able to get some of it tossed, or, throw enough reasonable doubt at it via the cred of the state’s witnesses to hang the jury or go not guilty…Frankly, at this point, and it is way early, so dont hold me to it, but if I had to guess, Id bet the jury will do one of two things: guilty as charged, or hang. I do not think there will be an across the board not guilty on all the charges, but I can see the jury possibly hanging on some.
    I have to tell you that when I bet I dont usually win…thats why they call it gambling, eh?… so I guess we will just need to let the case unfold and let it rip…
    Keep in mind that the defense will have access to everything the state does through discovery. They will have had almost a year to get their arguments oiled up…I still think the defense will have its hands full.

    d*

  25. darkstar Says:

    Chain,

    I think one could easily argue that a taser is not exclusively a defensive weapon…police use them to offensively tase unruly suspects for example…

    Thats like saying my Glock 9 is a defensive weapon…to me, maybe, but not in the wrong hands…to a robber it is an offensive advantage.

    So, point being, you are right about the consequences of your actions potentially being much worse than you intended…”but for” you smacking the victim, he wouldnt have fell off the bridge into the river and drowned, or got hit by a car, yada yada…If CT and KR tased MJ, stuck her with morphine, body slammed her, etc…and she died subsequently, the fact they didnt intend to kill her dont matter. That’s murder…perhaps not first degree meditated, but second degree for sure. Nonetheless, bub-bye CT and KR, for hella long…
    Not to mention the other charges which in my opinion may be easier to prove up…remember they have an eyewitness to the arson, who just got his trial severed from CT and KR’s…guess who the star witness is going to be….

    d*

  26. chainsaw Says:

    You know, I’m just waiting and speculating as well d*.

    I think you are right on regarding the hung/guilty verdict. I still wonder if there can be a lesser 2nd degree murder if they can’t decide on 1st. We’ll have to see, and I’ll go pick up Puit’s book at the beginning of Dec when it is released.

  27. darkstar Says:

    Chain,

    Whether the jury can convict of a lesser degree of murder is likely going to be up to the judge during jury instructions at the end of the trial, before deliberations start…that is typically how it works.

    d*

  28. KNEW THEM Says:

    I don’t think at the end of the day they will get the 1st degree charge against CT and KR. Since KR has the journalism degree I bet her book is done in 6 months after the trial….lots of free time to write. Thats my bet.

  29. Jason G Says:

    This case is becomming more convoluted by the day. Why hasen’t the DA, Mr. Robert Daskas, charged Craig Titus with this “alleged” murder for hire plot? If Daskas does not charge Titus, This type of story has the potential to scare witnesses into saying anything to protect themselves. According to news reports, Nelson Brady, Jr. was housed for only two weeks with Titus in February. In March Police “DEVELOPED an informant” by the name of Deem Cassim. Coincidently, March is the same month Cassim had been sentenced to 3-12 years for “armed robery” by Judge Joseph Bonaventure. Judge Bonaventure “re-sentenced” Cassim “to probation in June”. I would like to here Judge Bonaventure’s explanation to this “re-sentencing”.

    If the news reports are even close to the true story, there are more questions than answers offered. These reports state that Brady spent two weeks with Titus in February. Where was Cassim at this time? I have NOT seen it reported that there was any kind of contact between the informant Cassim and Titus. What was Brady getting out of this plot?

    Brady “was released from jail in early March”. “In April, Brady failed to show up at two (2) meetings” in May, (with undercover) which had been set-up by informant, Cassim. Why would a person who is supposed to be arringing to kill witnesses fail to show at the meetings? The “Hit” was to cost $50,000. Why did Brady only give under cover only $1,500. And, why did it take from “May 19 until October 19th or 20th to make the arrest on Brady?

    I believe that something is seriously wrong with hedlines such as “Prosecutor alleges link–” after DA Daskas tells the District court Judge Jackie Glass, (the Titus murder trial Judge), “there’s this plot to kill Mr. Gross by one of his co-defendants, Craig Titus”. Is Titus’s attorney, Marc Saggese on to something when he says that “Titus was the victum of a set-up?” Who stands to gain from such news head-lines?

    Monday, November 27th is the preliminary trial for Brady. I hope that some of these questions are explained.

  30. Jason G Says:

    This case is becomming more convoluted each day. Why hasen’t the DA Robert Daskas charged Craig Titus with this “alleged” murder for hire plot? This type of story has the potential to taint potential jury pool and to scare witnesses into saying anything to protect themselves. News reports state that Nelson Brady, Jr. was housed for two weeks with Titus in February. In March police “DEVELOPED an informant” by the name of Deem Cassim. Coincedently, March was the month Cassim had been sentenced to 3 - 12 years for armed robery by Judge Joseph Bonaventure who “re-sentenced” Cassim to probation in June. Who’s idea was this?

    If the news reports are even close to the true story, there are more questions than answers offered. Brady spent two weeks with Titus in February? Where was Cassim? I have NOT seen any contact reported between Titus and informant Cassim. What was Brady to receive from this “plot”.

    Brady “was released from jail in EARLY March”. “In April, “Brady failed to show up at two meetings.” In April, in two subsequent meetings set up by Cassim, Brady showed and gave undercover $1,500 cash. Why would a person who is truly intending to kill three witnesses “fail to show up at the first two meetings? The “Hit” was supposed to cost $50,000, why did Brady only give $1,500? And, why did it take from March to May for Brady to make the meetings and why did it take from May 19th to October 19th or 20th to arrest Brady?

    I believe that something is seriously wrong with hedlines such as “Prosecutor alleges link–” after DA daskas tells Judge Jackie Glass, (the same trial judge for Titus) that “there’s this plot to kill Mr. Gross by one of his co-defendants, Craig Titus” Is Titus attorney, Marke Saggese on to something when he says, “Titus was the victum of a set-up”. Who stands to gain the most from such news hedlines?

  31. Jason G Says:

    This case is becomming more convoluted each day. Why hasen’t the DA Robert Daskas charged Craig Titus with this “alleged” murder for hire plot? This type of story has the potential to taint the potential jury pool and to scare witnesses into saying anything to protect themselves. News reports state that Nelson Brady, Jr. was housed for two weeks with Titus in February. In March police “DEVELOPED an informant” by the name of Deem Cassim. Coincedently, March was the month Cassim had been sentenced to 3 - 12 years for armed robery by Judge Joseph Bonaventure who “re-sentenced” Cassim to probation in June. Who’s idea was this?

    If the news reports are even close to the true story, there are more questions than answers offered. Brady spent two weeks with Titus in February? Where was Cassim? I have NOT seen any contact reported between Titus and informant Cassim. What was Brady to receive from this “plot”.

    Brady “was released from jail in EARLY March”. “In April, “Brady failed to show up at two meetings.” In May, two subsequent meetings were set up by Cassim. Brady showed and gave undercover $1,500 cash. Why would a person who is truly intending to kill three witnesses “fail to show up at the first two meetings? The “Hit” was supposed to cost $50,000, why did Brady only give $1,500? And, why did it take from March to May for Brady to “show-up for a meeting? Why 3 more months to arrest Brady?

    I believe that something is seriously wrong with hedlines such as “Prosecutor alleges link–” after DA daskas tells Judge Jackie Glass, (the same trial judge for Titus) that “there’s this plot to kill Mr. Gross by one of his co-defendants, Craig Titus” Is Titus attorney, Marke Saggese on to something when he says, “Titus was the victum of a set-up”. Who stands to gain the most from such news hedlines?

  32. Jason G Says:

    This case in cbecomming more convoluted each day. Why hasent DA daskas charged Titus with this “alleged” plot? This “allageation” has the potential to taint the potential jury pool and let alone scare the witnesses into saying anything to protect themselves. News reports state, Nelson Brady Jr. was housed for only 2 weeks with Titus in February In March police “DEVELOPED an informant” named Deem Cassim. Coincidently, it was March when Judge Joseph Bonaventure sentenced Cassim to prison for 3-12 years for “armed robery”. This same Judge “re-sentenced” Cassim “to probation in June” I would like to hear a complete explanitation for this action.

    If news reports are even close to the true story, there are moore questions than answers offered. Brady spent only 2 weeks with Titus in February? Where was Cassim? It has NOT been reported that there was contact between Cassim and Titus? How can Titus be charged? What is Brady getting out of this plot?

    Brady “was released from jail in early March”. In April Brady “failed to show at two scheduled meetings” with undercover. Why would a person who is aranging for the “hit” not show for the first 2 meetings? The “hit” was going to cost $50,000, why did Brady only give $1,500?

    Headlines, “Prosecutor alleges link” and DA Daskas statement to the Judge, “there’s this plot to kill (witness) Mr. Gross by one of his co-defendants, Craig Titus.” Who gains from such statements?

  33. Jason G Says:

    This case in cbecomming more convoluted each day. Why hasent DA daskas charged Titus with this “alleged” plot? This “allageation” has the potential to taint the potential jury pool and let alone scare the witnesses into saying anything to protect themselves. News reports state, Nelson Brady Jr. was housed for only 2 weeks with Titus in February In March police “DEVELOPED an informant” named Deem Cassim. Coincidently, it was March when Judge Joseph Bonaventure sentenced Cassim to prison for 3-12 years for “armed robery”. This same Judge “re-sentenced” Cassim “to probation in June” I would like to hear a complete explanitation for this action.

    If news reports are even close to the true story, there are moore questions than answers offered. Brady spent only 2 weeks with Titus in February? Where was Cassim? It has NOT been reported that there was contact between Cassim and Titus? How can Titus be charged? What is Brady getting out of this plot?

    Brady “was released from jail in early March”. In April Brady “failed to show at two scheduled meetings” with undercover. Why would a person who is aranging for the “hit” not show for the first 2 meetings? The “hit” was going to cost $50,000, why did Brady only give $1,500?

  34. darkstar Says:

    Knew Them,

    Doesnt Brenda Kelly have a jounalism degree too? Maybe not…you would never know it from her crappy writing….but even if KR writes a book, if she is convicted of any of the crimes against her , including a murder conviction less than first degree,she will be barred from profiting from it…

    d*

  35. Jason G Says:

    This case is becomming more convoluted by the day. Why hasen’t the DA, Mr. Robert Daskus, charged Craig Titus with this “alleged” murder for hire plot? Should Daskas not charge Titus with this plot, I too would agree that this is “grand standing”. Additionally, this type of story has the potential to taint the jury pool and to scare the witnesses in the Titus case into saying anything to protect themselves. According to news reports, Nelson Brady, Jr. was housed for only two weeks with Titus in FEBRUARY. In MARCH police “DEVELOPED an informant” by the name of Deem Cassim. Coincidently, MARCH is the same month Cassim had been sentenced by Judge Joseph Bonaventure to a 3 - 12 prison sentence for armed robery. In JUNE, Judge Bonaventure, at the request of DA Daskus (?), Cassim was “re-sentenced” to probation and released from jail. I would be interested in hearing Judge Bonaventure’s explanitation of this drastick sentence reduction. Although this “re-sentencing may be legal, I believe there is much more the public is going to hear about the Bonaventure/Daskas connection. (To be continued)

  36. Jason G Says:

    This case is becomming more convoluted by the day. Why hasen’t the DA, Mr. Robert Daskus, charged Craig Titus with this “alleged” murder for hire plot? Should Daskas not charge Titus with this plot, I too would agree that this is “grand standing”. Additionally, this type of story has the potential to taint the jury pool and to scare the witnesses in the Titus case into saying anything to protect themselves. (To be continued)

  37. Annonymous#2 Says:

    I’m looking for any responses to the “Brady Court Date (scheduled for 11/27/06) “, #78 comment’s questions if and when you look at that page…Thanks

  38. Annonymous#2 Says:

    Disregard…this is the same comment
    How about this…I must say this is a very interseting forum with alot of good, valid substantial points.
    What is going to happen to the city of Las Vegas to include the District Attorney’s office, and even the LVMPD for that matter when the evidence will show that Deem Cassim was “released” from jail with a 12 year sentence on his back in June, setting him completely free with probation? CT does have a damn good attorney, and he did say “he’s never seen this happen before”. The question would be, did the DA’s office do this because they didn’t have enough information on CT, so they had to go out of their way for the “snitch”? Undoubtabley, they are trying to use Brady to get to CT, but Im going to pretend say that I am 110% positive that this won’t happen, so then what? Brady too has one of the best attorney’s in the city, so what if this just all falls back in the DA’s lap?
    I am honestly just seeking opinions, not trying to light a fire here, but I just have one question for this forum and honestly seeking intellegnt opinions. Lets just “pretend” that Brady doesn’t “flip” on CT as the DA’s office, media, etc. is hoping/saying he will. And, that being said, Brady fights this to the end, what about the damage it would do to the LVMPD for CT’s trial? I won’t state my opinion because again, I am not trying to start a fire, but wouldn’t that make it just that much more clear that they don’t have the evidence against CT?
    What if, just by chance, they don’t have enough evidence against Brady and again we’ll just pretend that this is a fact, what do you think will happen to this case?

  39. Chainsaw Says:

    Anonymous #2

    There are numerous comments here about them releasing Casim. I think that it does show how here in las vegas, anything goes. I don’t think anyone would have been set free if this was los angeles. I mean, set free on a 12 year stint? Come on, there is somthing fishy here.

    There are many comments to how I say that Las Vegas in Corrupt. And this take’s cake. How many people have heard of this happening before. I mean set free? maybe cut the sentance down. I heard that jailhouse snitches are a dime a dozen.

  40. Annonymous#2 Says:

    I agree 100%…Thank you for your comment, I truly appreciate that. Today is court so I guess we’ll see…
    Thanks again

  41. darkstar Says:

    My guess is that if Brady doesnt “flip” on CT, the DA still has Brady for 3 counts of conspiracy to murder. They havent as of yet charged CT with it, and may not…in any case, the Brady case is separate from Titus anyway.

    The DA can still hammer on Brady for the conspiracy to murder regardless of whether they decide or not to tack it on to CT’s list…

    Who knows what the deal was that sprung Cassim…maybe the DA figures that an attempted robbery is not as serious as a murder, and if Cassim can help nail a murderer, then it is worth it…Im guessing, but even if Cassim had a 12 year sentence for attempted rob, my guess is that it would be probably cut in half or even more for good behavior, overcrowding, blah, blah, blah…so he may have gotten out early anyway…

    But it still sounds like the gift of all gifts to that creepy Cassim…no doubt there are some serious strings attached to his freedom…I dont think he would have got the deal if he didnt have some bulletproof testimony to give against CT…

    But, we will see….this is going to get interesting real quick…

    d*

  42. chainsaw Says:

    I’m interested to see if anything happened in court today with Brady. It might just have been a video appearance. I’ve never seen that before, only in Vegas.

  43. Jason G Says:

    This case is becomming more convoluted by the day. Why hasen’t the DA, Mr. Robert Daskas, charged Craig Titus with this “alledged” murder for hire plot? If Daskas doesn’t charge Titus, I too would consider this “grand standing”. Additionally, this has the potential to scare witnesses into saying anything to protect themselves. According to news reports, Nelson Brady, Jr. was housed for only two weeks with Titus in FEBRUARY. In MARCH police “DEVELOPED” an informant by the name of Deem Cassim. Coincidently, MARCH is the same month Cassim had been sentenced by Judge Joseph Bonaventure to 3 - 12 years for “armed rebery” with a deadly wepon, (a gun). Then in JUNE, at the request of the DA office, (Daskas?), Judge Bonaventure “re-sentenced” Cassim to probation and Cassim was released back into the general population. Although this “re-sentencing” may be have been legal, I believe that there is much more to come with the Daskas/Bonaventure connection. I would be interested in hearing Judge Bonaventure’s comments and reasoning for his actions relating to Cassim.

    If the news reports are even close to the true story, there are more questions than answers offered. These reports state that Brady spent two weeks housed with Titus in FEBRUARY. Where was Cassim during this time period? Was he or had he been housed with Titus and Brady? I have not seen it reported that there had been any contact between the informent, Cassim and Titus. Contact between Brady and Titus has been alledged, however, Titus is not yet charged? The big question, what does Brady have to gain from this “alledged” murder plot? Who does have anything to gain?

  44. Jason G Says:

    (Please excuse any duplicate messages)
    To continue, It was reported that Brady “was released from jail in early MARCH”. “In APRIL, Brady failed to show up to 2 (or 3) meetings” (with undercover) which had been set-up by informent, Cassim. Now why would a person who is supposed to be arranging the murder of witnesses “fail to show at these meetings?” The “hit” was to origionally cost $50,000. Why did Brady only give undercover officers $1,500? and not until two (2) mettings in MAY? And, why did it take from MAY 19th until OCTOBER 19th or 20th to make the arrest on Brady?

    Further, I believe that something is seriously wrong with hedlines such as “Prosecutor alleges link–” after DA Daskas tells the District court Judge Jackie Glass, (the Titus murder trial Judge), “there’s this plot to kill Mr. Gross by one of his co-defendants, Craig Titus. Could it be that Marc Saggese, Titus’s attorney, is on to something when he says, “Titus was the victum of a set-up? Is it possiable that this whole murder for hire plot is a set-up? Who stands to gain the most from such news headlines?

  45. darkstar Says:

    Jason,

    I think it is just showboating by both Saggese and the DA. That crap will stop when they get into court and the trial begins.

    First, you are thinking like a normal person!! Thats not a critisism, as if I even had to tell you…

    Crooks are by their nature unreliable. Brady was likely scoping out the meetings from a distance to see who showed up on the other side…they also dont have a sense of time like normal people…they work on a perp calendar…minute to minute, day to day, whatever…by the same token, the mechanisms of law enforcement move slowly and often inexplicably as well…the DA isnt under too much pressure to hurry up and tack on the conspiracy charges onto CT…The DA could be just sitting back, dangling it over the various perps heads, seeing who might want a bite at the “you scratch my back I scratch your back” apple…

    As for the 50,000 dollars, well, all I can think of is they had champagne taste on a beer budget…these are small time wannabee crooks. Not too smart, either…

    d*

  46. chainsaw Says:

    Jason G makes some very good points. Titus was either smart enough to set up a hit and not get caught, or the DA did, even if it is legas to hire jailhouse snitches, overstepped their authority. One more point, if the DA can’t even prove titus’s envolvement WITH AN AUDIO recording and all the evidence they supposedly have for the hit. How the Hek is he gonna prove MJ was murdered and not just dead!

  47. darkstar Says:

    Chain,

    First, Titus wasnt that smart, nor Brady either, to set up a hit and not get caught…Brady has been busted on it, and we will see if CT gets tagged with it as well.

    As far as the murder of MJ, Id have to think the DA thinks those charges are pretty solid. The conspiracy to murder is a whole different issue and doesnt tie into the MJ murder except to reflect poorly on CT…that is, why would CT want to illiminate witnesses against him on the murder if he didnt do it?

    Like I say, Im not much of a gambler, but Im still betting CT gets the conspiracy tacked on at some point.

    d*

  48. Jason G Says:

    I too believe that the DA will “tag” the murder for hire charges onto Titus. I, however believe that it will be to cloud the issues in an overall attempt to cover a set up from the get go. Many pieces to this puzzel do not yet fit. Additionally, I am very suspicious of the timing, MARCH through MAY to finally get Brady to cough up $1,500 and then an OCTOBER arrest.

    By the way, I am very pro law enforcement and personally believe that 99.9% of the police and DA’s are good, honest people like most of us. Something is not right about this alledged “plot”.

  49. Annonymous#2 Says:

    Very valid reasonable points! There is a “Jason G” and chainsaw too that are making some strong points as well.

    I just don’t get this…court for Brady was yesterday and receives bail, though a high amount, he did receive it. But now the biggest question that comes to mind is the fact that Daskas said, “Brady is a danger to the community”, yet it had been reported by the LVMPD knowing about this “alleged plot” since May, 2006 yet they allowed him to “walk the streets” until October, 2006 (3 months before CT/KR trial date) and freed Cassim in June? What is that? If in fact he were such a danger, and the last reported activity was in May, why did it take so long to arrest him? If I remember correctly, that was one of Glen P’s first comments.

    True enough, the DA must have something on Brady, but why don’t these pieces to the puzzle fit together?

  50. Chainsaw Says:

    I have a funny feeling that as soon as KR gets her trial separated from CT’s trial, they will then tack on to CT the conspiracy. I believe that they were using this potential conspiracy as leverage to maybe get KR to turn on CT. Now that she said she won’t turn, and asks for a seperate trial, they will charge CT. I still think that KR is mainly culpable for MJ’s demise, tasing and injecting her. But, and I say only maybe, at this point from my vantage point at this time, KR could turn on CT if his trial starts in January, and hers is pushed over to April, if it starts really looking bad for CT, she has nothin to lose. I think KR’s lawyer is doing a smart thing by separating the trials.

  51. darkstar Says:

    The key here is “trying to separate” the trials…this is not an automatic, and Im sure there will be even more delays while this is haggled over…

    Im not sure there are too many mysteries about Brady getting the chance to post bail. If the typical bail is 9K, and he got 150K, that is a substantial increase, and he still has to come up with the up front for the bail bond.

    The 8th amendment disallows excessive bail, so given the circumstances, it’s probably reasonable, and again, just because Brady was granted bail doesnt mean he can pony up the 20 or 30K he will need to post to walk out of jail…

    The time spans between the onset of the conspiracy to Brady’s arrest arent so critical in my opinion, because the cops were watching this all unfold. They knew where Brady et al were all the time…

    All this talk by the DA and other attorneys about “danger to society” and “shocked, never heard of this happening before” is all lawyer jockeying, and doesnt mean squat. It might make for a good story, but thats about it…

    d*

  52. KNEW THEM Says:

    Jason G. 99.9% of POLICE????????? Where do you live…..because I need to move there!

  53. darkstar Says:

    Jason,

    There is no convoluted set up by the cops against Brady or CT…These are a couple of, dare I say it, dum fux who think they are smarter than everyone else (first mistake) and secondly, think that the law doesnt apply to them…
    The proof that they are wrong is that they are both sitting on their sorry asses in the Clark County jail on non trivial felony charges…

    d*

  54. Jason G Says:

    99.9% may be an exaggeration, my point being that most police personal are good, fair and dedicated to public safety doing honest police work. This “I” found to be the case where ever I was living.

    This case with Titus, Brady and Cassim just doesn’t ring true. There are obviously many pieces to this case we do not know at this time. It could be just good police work or maby not. I just do not believe that the DA has the evidence he needs. I just can’t figure out why Cassim picked Brady and not Titus or both Brady and Titus. They were all together.

  55. darkstar Says:

    Jason,

    Can you explain what you mean by Cassim picked Brady over CT, etc…

    If I understand you correctly, are you wondering why Cassim pegged Brady to be the messenger or go between between CT and the undercover cops..?

    Thanx

    d*

  56. Annonymous#2 Says:

    I am curious myself as to what you mean about “Brady” being chosen? Daily, something new is unfolding, but there are still these pieces that I am having a hard time putting together. Did they say both trial’s were pushed back. or just KR?
    And, as far as the 99.9%…I just don’t honestly see that in this particular case. I guess it is hard enough to determine what is said between the media and what the actual facts are, but something is just missing?

  57. Jason G Says:

    I just can’t understand Cassim making this “plot” directly with Brady since they (Titus, Cassim & Brady) were all in jail together. Had it been me, I would have made my plans directly with Titus. Why the third party? And, “IF” the DA has the evedience on Titus I believe that he would have charged him by now. As I have stated before, this “Murder for Hire Plot” has to scare the !!!! out of these witnesses. I am suspicious of statments made by any party which creates headlines such as those created in this case. Give me the facts, not accusations’.

  58. darkstar Says:

    Jason,

    Not sure I still understand what your question is, but perhaps the reason Cassim went through Brady was probably because Cassim was a convicted felon, and probably could not get access to visit inmates at the jail…Brady was a lot lower on the perp scale being a two bit crook and a nobody, so no one would pay much attention to him…except for those pesky recorded jail phones…

    Besides, we dont know who cooked up this plot originally, except that Brady, Cassim, and arguably CT are co-conspirators, with Cassim getting a pass to set it up for the police…

    Why the rush to charge CT with it? Charging him doesnt really change anything…he is in jail anyway, and those charges can be added anytime…plus, the witnesses arent in danger…Brady is in jail, CT is in jail, and the alleged hit man was an undercover cop!…the DA has charged Brady with it, and I would look for the DA to squeeze Brady to get him to spill the beans about CT’s involvement in it…in any case, Brady is in hot water with the charge against him, and the DA knows it…so does Brady…As I said before, Brady is a two bit small time wannabe crook, and he has just graduated to felony school…quite a career path, eh??

    d*

  59. Jason G Says:

    Ok, this is one of my questions. Brady a “two bit crook”??, Cassim a convicted felon and Titus jailed for murder. Don’t they seperate the felony and misdemeanor prisoners? What was Brady jailed for when he was with Tison? Does anyone know the jail structure? I am just very suspicious of the series of events that lead up to the “murder for hire” plot. There must be more to this than we are being told.

  60. darkstar Says:

    Jason,

    I dont know the specifics of who gets housed with who, but I do know that when you are first arrested, like in Vegas, you go downtown to Clark Detention until you bail or until your case is adjudicated. There may be some separation between crimes, like felonies and mis, but with the jail being so overcrowded, they probably just shove you in and tell you to find a spot…”hey, youre craig titus, man…”

    Cassim should have been getting ready be transferred to a state prison, since anything over a year sentence typically doesnt stay at the county jail…

    The rest, hell if I know. You are right, there are some details that would clear up some of the murkiness, however, in the big picture, these guys were talking about the plan…it would be interesting to know where they were all situated, but the bottom line is that they got some interesting conversations recorded on the jail telephones…

    d*

  61. Jason G Says:

    I am going to find someone to ask some questions. I may try to call the jail. Somebody must know the jail srtucture. And now that there are two (2) “snitches” there has to be a conection of some kind or at the least a reason Cassim, and now Darrin are comming forward with all of these last minute “revaluations”. This whole thing is intriguing to me and I need to find some answers so I can speak intelligently. Mark my words, there is something still missing and I believe it could be big.

  62. chainsaw Says:

    Jason and d*:

    Usually they split people up in jails by Gang, Sexual Orientation, Health and Psychological probems and that is it. Once you get into you’re dorm, “you’re people” approach you, and “you’re people” segregate you by race. Usually they only seperate people that are high profile into their own cell. CT does not qualify for that status at this time. Since the prisoners usually are not convicted of a crime, just waiting for trial, they don’t seperate them by offense.

    The above description is how it is in L.A County. Not sure about CCDC, but I’m assuming that it is the same.

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