Detectives say that Keith Ashley, 48, a former police officer and fireman, staged the fatal shooting of 62-year-old James “Jim” Seegan of Carrollton to make it appear as though it was suicide. Ashley was taken into custody by federal officials last week on related wire fraud charges. According to a federal indictment, Nine Band Brewing Co. owner Ashley had defrauded at least nine other people including Seegan for at least $1,919,334.79. Five of his victims were over the age of 65.
Posted by Carrollton Texas Police Department on Wednesday, November 18, 2020
According to Carrollton authorities, Seegan’s wife found him at home with a gunshot wound to his head in January. She told detectives that next to her husband’s body she found a typed note indicating it was a suicide. The last sentence on the note provided an ominous clue. According to CBS-DFW, it read, “My last friend Keith Ashley will help you with 972-658-6113.”
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After a 9-month long investigation however, detectives said they discovered evidence that Ashley plotted to incapacitate Seegan and then murder him. Detectives believe that Ashley murdered Seegan in an effort to gain control of his finances. During the investigation, detectives also found evidence of a possible “Ponzi” scheme that Ashley had masterminded, according to CBS-DFW.
As detectives unraveled this alleged murder plot, they discovered that Seegan had transferred about $750,000 to a business which Ashley owned called KBKK in the last five years, according to Fort Worth Star Telegram’s Domingo Ramirez Jr.
One of the most revealing pieces of evidence is that detectives discovered “Nest” video doorbell footage on Seegan’s phone showing Ashley arriving at the Carrollton home on the morning of Seegan’s murder, February 19. He then left the home an hour later, returned to the residence and let himself in, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
In the federal indictment leveled against him, Ashley allegedly used the money for mortgage payments, his brewery business, utilities, college tuition and student loan payments, legal fees, payments on personal credit cards, and casinos. Authorities say Ashley now faces charges of murder and federal wire fraud, authorities said.
If you have any information related to these crimes call the Carrollton tip line at 972-466-9133 or email [email protected]
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Source : chron.com