The man accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill three key witnesses in the Craig Titus bodybuilder murder case was found guilty on Tuesday in District Court.
The jury found 36-year-old Nelson Ronald Brady Jr. guilty of three counts of solicitation to commit murder. He was accused of trying to hire an assassin to kill Anthony Gross, Megan Pierson Foley and her husband, Jeremy Foley.
All three were witnesses against Titus and Kelly Ryan, who are charged with killing Melissa James, their personal assistant, in December 2005.
The Foleys told a grand jury that Titus and Ryan made incriminating statements about James’ death, including that Ryan shocked James with a taser the day of the killing.
Gross allegedly helped Titus and Ryan get rid of James’ body.
Brady’s attorney, Michael Schwarz, said it was too early to say if Brady would appeal. Brady faces two to 15 years behind bars for each count.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” he said.
Deputy District Attorney Josh Tomsheck said the evidence against Brady was overwhelming, and included recorded jailhouse interviews and video footage of Brady meeting with an undercover detective to talk about the hit.
During the trial, Brady was described as an awestruck fan of Titus who met the bodybuilder while serving time in the county jail on a domestic battery charge.
While still in jail, Brady approached another inmate, Deem Cassim, about killing the witnesses, authorities said. Cassim, in turn, told police about the plot and worked with authorities to implicate Brady.
During the trial, Brady testified that he never intended to hire a hit man. He said that he only wanted to discredit the witnesses by setting them up in a drug sting. He eventually admitted during the trial that he wanted to pay off the witnesses or intimidate them into not testifying.
During a recorded police interview after his arrest, Brady admitted that the plot centered on killing witnesses, authorities said. Brady testified, however, that he only confessed to police because he wanted to get the interview over with.
typical type of mentality that will be observed over and over until it's over , freakin' imbeciles