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Las Vegas Tv stations pick up the Titus video

From KVBC.com’s Website:

Bodybuilder turned murder suspect Craig Titus has a new video out, but this one doesn’t highlight his weight training. It’s jailhouse video of a high-risk cell transfer after concerns over an escape attempt.

Titus and his wife, Kelly Ryan, are awaiting trial for the murder of their assistant, 28-year-old Melissa James. Her charred body was found inside the trunk of a burned out car last December.

Police also suspect that Titus plotted the killings of three witnesses in his case, along with a possible previous escape attempt from the jail.

Police say they were very professional and did everything in textbook fashion. But Titus’ attorney says his client was mistreated for no valid reason. The following is a partial transcription of the video with analysis:

Corrections officer: Inmate Titus, get down on the floor, head towards that wall. Down on the floor on your belly. Cross your legs, bring them up to your butt. Put your hands straight out. Straight out to the side like an airplane. Palms up. Stay there in that position. Do not move. Do you understand? If you do not comply, force and or (unintelligible) will be used against you. It will create pain and it possibly will create death. Do you understand?

Moments later, a team of specially trained officers brings a bewildered Craig Titus out of his cell.

Titus: What the heck is going on?

At the time, no one would tell him. Here’s what Metro Deputy Chief Michael Holt, who oversees the Clark County Detention Center, told us:

Someone had crawled up on the roof of the second floor of our sally port area. It happened to be directly below where Mr. Titus was housed. Being that Mr. Titus was already in a disciplinary housing and that it was close to his area, we didn’t know whether or not there had been a breach of security to the outside of the building. So, we felt for security measures it was best to use basically a high security or a high risk extraction and move him until we were able to search the room and get the full story of what was going on.

That high-risk extraction is depicted in the video. Corrections officers in protective gear strap Titus into a chair, put blacked out ski goggles over his eyes, and move him downstairs into a second cell.

Corrections officer: Mr. Titus, we’re gonna take you out of the chair, we’re gonna lay you down on the bunk, we’re gonna go ahead and strip you out and we’re gonna exit out of your cell.

“The whole thing is designed to happen quickly, keep them disoriented and off-guard until you get back to another secured environment,” Chief Holt told us.

“They treated him like he was trying to escape,” says Titus’ attorney, Marc Saggese. “There’s absolutely no truth to it, they admit that now, and this procedure was psychological warfare.”

“It was determined that Mr. Titus had nothing to do with what had occurred on the outside of the building and the next day we moved him back to his cell,” Holt said. But Saggese tells a different story:

They had moved him multiple floors, he was in the basement, he was surrounded by security guards, he was in cuffs, strapped, everything you could name, but they had to take his pants and underwear off so he was naked? I mean, what does that reek of? That reeks of misconduct. It serves no purpose do to that other than to humiliate Craig Titus and they were successful.

Corrections officer: Injuries?

Titus: Just my pride.

Police say they only have to use the techniques depicted in the video about two or three times a year and don’t think they’ve done one like this at all in the last year.

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