A Texas brewery owner and monetary adviser was busted for allegedly murdering a consumer — and staging it as a suicide — in an try to realize management of his funds, in keeping with cops and reviews.
Keith Ashley, 48, the owner and founding father of 9 Band Brewing Co. in Allen, was arrested Wednesday for the Feb. 19 taking pictures loss of life of James “Jim” Seegan, Carrollton Police stated on Wednesday.
A nine-month investigation allegedly revealed that Ashley — Seegan’s good friend and monetary adviser — incapacitated and killed the 62-year-old, police stated.
Seegan’s loss of life was initially dominated a suicide after a typed be aware was found subsequent to his physique, with none signature — closing with the road, “My final good friend Keith Ashley will make it easier to,” in keeping with an arrest affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning Information.
A semi-automatic handgun was present in Seegan’s left hand — however his spouse Sakida “Dida” Seegan instructed investigators her husband was right-handed and never a gun owner, in keeping with the report.
Detectives decided, by watching the house’s video surveillance, that Ashley was the final customer to the house earlier than Dida found her husband’s physique in an upstairs workplace, the paper reported.
Moreover, an post-mortem revealed Seegan — who was not a drug consumer and didn’t seem to have any emergency medical care — had the final anesthetic Etomidate in his system, in keeping with the report.
Ashley allegedly tricked Dida into handing over her husband’s cellphone after his loss of life, claiming he wanted it to contact his monetary establishments, in keeping with the paper.
Ashley then allegedly claimed to have “by chance” deleted the messages he exchanged with Seegan.
Whereas in possession of the cellphone, he additionally allegedly wired $20,000 from his sufferer’s checking account with out his spouse’s consent, in keeping with the warrant obtained by the paper.
Investigators additionally decided that Ashley was behind a “Ponzi-type scheme” involving a number of different victims, police stated.
He’s accused in court docket paperwork of dishonest traders of greater than $1.1 million — utilizing funds from his monetary providers firm, North Texas Cash Administration, to fund brewery bills, mortgage funds, on line casino spending and scholar loans, the Morning Information reported.