Ex-Augusta man found guilty of first-degree murder in California

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 14, 2012, at 11:58 a.m.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — A former Augusta man was convicted of first-degree murder in California on Thursday in the slaying of a couple who also used to live in Maine’s capital city.

Robby Beasley, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 8 for the 2010 murders of Frank and Yvette Maddox. He faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, Lake County Deputy District Attorney Art Grothe told the Bangor Daily News Friday morning.

Beasley was found guilty of murdering the Maddoxes, who had moved to the west coast from Maine to aid Beasley with his marijuana operation, according to Grothe. Beasley suspected that the Maddoxes had stolen some of his marijuana, which led to the killings, according to media accounts of the 14-day trial.

The DA said evidence in the case pointed to Beasley as the culprit. In Jan. 2010, he made up a story about the death of his grandmother in Maine to coax the Maddoxes to drive Beasley to the airport, Grothe said.

The vehicle instead went to a remote location where Beasley shot the couple before dragging the bodies down a hill and leaving them.

The jury began deliberating on Wednesday afternoon, Grothe said, and departed for the day after 45 minutes. Deliberations resumed Thursday morning.

According to Bangor Daily News archives, Beasley was previously accused of a crime in Maine.

Beasley was charged with aggravated assault and criminal threatening with a weapon in Pittston in 2002 when he allegedly fired an assault rifle at a vehicle and slashed the vehicle’s tires. The archives did not indicate if he was convicted in that case.

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