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“You know he took all his money out of the sale of that (home on) Adobe Arch Court. He’s done nothing for his daughter. Nothing. If she only knew, man.”

Those are the words from Craig Titus about Kelly Ryan’s father. Read the story by Glenn Puit…

MURDER-FOR-HIRE INVESTIGATION: Titus targets witnesses’ credibility
In jailhouse phone calls, he references their alleged involvement with drugs

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By GLENN PUIT | REVIEW-JOURNAL

In jailhouse phone calls recorded by police, bodybuilder Craig Titus repeatedly talked about trying to get at least three witnesses in his murder case arrested on drug charges to destroy their credibility.

In one recorded conversation, Titus tells his friend Nelson Brady Jr. that he had met with Las Vegas narcotics officers at the Clark County Detention Center to tell them about the witnesses against him and their alleged involvement in drugs.

“Well, here is the thing,” Titus tells Brady. “The narcotics officers, when they came in here (to the jail), they said just give me some information that we can check out to know you’re not (expletive) us. So I gave them an address and a name where all they had to do was post up and watch. And if they watch for 12 hours, then they would have been really, really happy … (there’s) a constant flow of people picking up (drugs).”

In another conversation, Titus provides Brady with specific details about witnesses — where they live, what cars they drive, what types of narcotics they are involved in, and how it should be easy to prove they are involved in drugs. Titus also floats the idea of getting a private investigator to track at least one of the witnesses and film the witness involved in drug trafficking.

Of one witness, Titus says the man lives in an exclusive area of northwest Las Vegas. The bodybuilder mentions the idea of getting a “film (of him) buying his coke.”

Titus says of a female witness who is prepared to testify against him:

“(She) should have already been pulled over by a police officer with stuff in her car. If it were me, I would have a private investigator following her, calling police saying, ‘Hey she’s got coke in their car.’”

There are indications from the conversations that police followed up on the information. However, no arrests have been made.

The comments of Titus and Brady are contained in police recordings of more than 100 phone calls from the Clark County Detention Center.

Audiotaped copies of the phone calls have been obtained by the Review-Journal.

The calls were recorded by homicide detectives as part of an extensive police investigation into allegations that Titus tried to orchestrate the slayings of witnesses in his case from the jail.

In October, police arrested Brady on charges he paid $1,500 to an undercover detective to have the witnesses killed.

Titus, 42, has not been charged in the plot. He is, however, charged with murder and arson. The former Mr. Olympia competitor and his wife, fitness champion Kelly Ryan, are accused of beating, drugging and duct- taping their personal assistant, Melissa James, and then burning her body in Ryan’s Jaguar in the desert a year ago.

Titus and Ryan are expected to go to trial in April.

“What we have here is an innocent man (Titus) doing everything he can to undermine the credibility of the witnesses against him,” said Titus defense attorney Marc Saggese.

“Anyone in that position whose entire life is on the line would take those steps. Craig knows these people. He knows them well. They are very heavy drug users. Some are drug dealers. And, as a result, Craig Titus feels their credibility is weak at best. It was an effort to make it public knowledge of who these witnesses really are.”

Saggese said the jailhouse phone calls show Titus was not involved in the murder-for-hire scheme.

“I don’t know of any existing evidence that shows a direct link between Craig Titus and a murder-for-hire plot,” Saggese said.

Clark County prosecutor Robert Daskas declined to comment for this report.

In one of the recorded conversations between Titus and Brady, Titus criticizes his father-in-law because he supposedly didn’t use money from the sale of the couple’s house to help fund his daughter’s legal defense.

“He’s an ass,” he tells Brady, adding later: “You know he took all his money out of the sale of that (home on) Adobe Arch Court. He’s done nothing for his daughter. Nothing. If she only knew, man.”

In other conversations, Titus and Brady seem confident that Titus will beat the charges.

Titus tells Brady about wanting to get out of jail.

“Man, I wish I was partying with you guys so bad,” he said.

“Party when you get out,” Brady replies.

Titus asks Brady if his girlfriend has “a hot girlfriend for me?”

In another conversation, Titus speaks of how Ryan reacted to her mother’s recent unexpected death.

“When I talked to her, she is really bad,” Titus tells Brady.

“(It) just seems like God had her pass away to cure her stress and free up more money for our case,” Titus says. “I just think that’s what happened. I know her mom probably left money for her. That house. That will be more money for Kelly and my case.”

In one call, Brady tells Titus how everyone he talks to thinks Titus is never going to get out of jail.

“They think I’m going up the river, don’t they?” Titus asks his friend.

“They all do, but guess what? You are not. You just mark my word, dude. Mark my word. You’re not.”

Titus interjects: “I hear you brother.”

Brady: “I’ve found so much information.”

Titus: “Don’t say nothing.”

“You know what I’m talking about,” Brady says, then makes a reference to narcotics detectives investigating the witnesses against Titus.

Brady discusses during the conversations his frustration with the fact that his girlfriend is hooked on methamphetamine, and Titus mentions that methamphetamine is the reason he is in jail.

Titus has claimed James was not murdered, but overdosed on drugs.

Titus also asks Brady what he told his girlfriend regarding his legal predicament.

“You just told her that (meth) was the cause of it. You didn’t tell her what happened, though,” Titus says.

“No. Hell no,” Brady says. “No way … but I said that is what caused the whole incident, meth.”

Police have voiced suspicions that Titus and Brady also talked about the murder-for-hire plot in code, specifically when they reference a book and a screenplay.

In one conversation, Brady says: “I’m talking about the book. We’re going to make money on that book. The book has been paid for.”

Another conversation of interest to authorities is one in which Brady tells Titus: “If there is no evidence, there is no crime.”

After recording the calls, police set up a ruse to try to prove Titus was involved in the alleged murder-for-hire plot.

They had one of the targets, Anthony Gross, pose in photos to make it look as if he had been killed.

The plan was to send the photos to Titus to convince him that the murder-for-hire plot had been carried out.

Titus then was supposed to wire money to an account to pay the hit man and call the hit man on the phone

Titus did neither.

12 Responses to ““You know he took all his money out of the sale of that (home on) Adobe Arch Court. He’s done nothing for his daughter. Nothing. If she only knew, man.””

  1. chainsaw Says:

    There is so much inside stuff going on in this debacle. And thats what this has turned into. It doesn’t look like the cops are too much interested in anything other than nailing CT, and I don’t know why.

    d*

    I understand that CT is going away more than likely for murder, but with all the evidence that everyone thinks they have, why bother with all this extracurricular B.S. From the way everyone makes it sound, the cops out here should be busier with other stuff than on CT when they supposedly have all the evidence they need in the witness statements.

    I’am finding it hard to believe that CT is smart/stupid enough “I’m not sure which” to cause all of this commotion. Could they have put CT in solitary to protect him from inmates that he has turned in that they have busted? Possibly, the LVRJ seems to be months behind in reporting the true timing of events that are occuring.

    All of these events are so intertwined and getting so complex, that my head is spinning.

    Answer me this, why would CT put hits out on people the same time and with the same people that he told the narcotics cops to tail?

    Doesn’t it seem like Brady was really pushed with the threat of harm if he didn’t transfer this money? It certainly does to me.

  2. darkstar Says:

    Chain,

    Good question (s)…
    Beats me…It all sure seems more complicated than it needs to be…

    Is CT a good enough coniver to get all these peripheral things spinning?

    It seems to me that when the trial comes up the DA will need to keep the focus very narrow and tight…all this other caca will likely confuse a jury and possibly hang it…which Im sure is what CT is angling for…that, or an outright acquittal…

    d*

  3. chainsaw Says:

    d*

    I think he’s really in solitary to protect him from the people he snitched on. I think they are only telling us 1/4 of the story. This article that I just read REALY leads me to believe that Brady might have mentioned something about a hit in passing, just acting tough, but this guy Casim really took his tough words and pressured him to come through with intimidation. Not sure what a Jury will think about this.

    How will Saggese get all the shenanigans brought up in court during CT’s trial? I belive that he will. Now why really was the trial pushed till April. Thats a year and a half past the violation date. It is screwy, and the more screwy it gets, The better for the defense.

  4. Voice of Reason Says:

    I have got to believe that the prosecution has got to be holding back information. I know they have to share it with the defense but only when its credible. Chain: If Las Vegas is as corrupt as you say it is, it is probably equally as corrupt in the prosecution’s office. Something tells me they are letting CT shoot off his big mouth. At this point CT is fighting for his life so he doesn’t care who he brings down. Kelly is keeping quite. If you read the article, CT asks Brady if his girlfriend has a hot friend for CT. How much you want to bet that this will be shared with Kelly? Will she roll over now?

  5. Chainsaw Says:

    Kelly will hear about it. Do you think she is gonna care? Hek no, she is probably the reason CT is in there in the first place. Covering for her.

  6. Jason G Says:

    Yes, there has to be more to this story since this “Murder-For-Hire” plot begain. Did you see what Bradys’ attorney said in the other Review Journal and AP article, “Informant driving force in murder-for-hire probe”. His attorney states, “Without the government instigating the plan, initating it, then pursuing my client, I don’t think there would be any case at all”. IF this proves to be true that the government, (DA & or Police) instigated this plot and we already know that they certainly pushed it with over 100 phone calls and the informant (Cassim) who threatened Brady with bodily harm, (to kill him). Did the DA/Police bring these people together or was the “snitch” just by chance? The police and DA must have been monitoring and allowing the phone calls. And why? In a vein attempt to get Titus to bite on a set-up, a set-up by the DA/Police? I believe that if this proves to be true the defense will use this at trial to show “just how far” the DA and Police will go to manfacture and falsify any evidence in this case. Who could then believe the DA? The DA has a lot at stake here. I am now watching for the mud slinging and the finger pointing to begin.

  7. darkstar Says:

    This is so typical of the sensational, surrealistic nature of Las Vegas, be it crime or anything else…..

    David Roger is the DA in Clark County. He was a hot shot deputy DA who prosecuted Tabish and Murphy back in the Binion case. Roger, along with David Wall, pulled many shenanigans during that trial that I thought were clearly violations of the rules and prosecutorial misconduct……Roger is now the DA, and Wall is a judge…go figure…Their “success” in the first Binion trial was what propelled them into their higher offices…but the most important thing to remember is that Binion was overturned by the Nevada Supreme Court and at the second trial they were found not guilty of the murder…hmmmmmm…..

    It will be interesting to see how these two cases, that of the primary MJ murder case, and the murder for hire fiasco, get intertwined…I got the TIVO ready to go when they stream it on Court TV!!

    d*

  8. shockandawe Says:

    Chain/ Dark,
    Is Craig enough of a conniver to get this stuff going??? HA!!! I mean, this is so laughable to me. He’s the world’s heavyweight champion conniver and drama king. The world isn’t right if it isn’t revolving around Craig, no matter HOW fucked up the outcome may be. He just loves that vortex of chaos!! And he’s SO addicted to chaos and so invested in chaos, he’ll take everyone down around him.

    Not for nothing, but whether Kelly is the reason or not (and even as a former BF I could say I have thought her capable), the real truth is, Kelly would NEVER have been in the big house without the fucked up chaos of her husband and his addiction to that, drugs, women and anything messed up. What a loser.

  9. darkstar Says:

    Shock,

    Makes sense to me…it sure appears to be the case..

    d*

  10. jim jones Says:

    craig titus is a liar and so capable of the charges filed against him he should suffer like so many people have just knowing him and his con artist ways

  11. jim jones Says:

    needs to get the death penalty

  12. Get Real!!! Says:

    Where in the hell is your common sense. Get your head out of your ass and stop feeling sorry for a murderer. As they say, lay down with dogs and get fleas. He’ll rot in jail as will his “partner in crime”. What a payback…

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