December 14, 2012

Ex-Augusta man found guilty in Calif. murders of Maine couple

Robby Beasley is convicted of killing Frank and Yvette Maddox, of Augusta, on Jan. 22, 2010.

By Craig Crosby ccrosby@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Robby Beasley

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In happier times: Frank Maddox and Yvette Colon Maddox, both originally from Augusta, were found dead in March in California.

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"In short order, they start causing trouble with the other trimmers" in that operation, Grothe said.

When McKay returned from a fall fishing trip, he told Beasley to get the Maddoxes out of the operation because they were causing trouble. Beasley then had the couple work for him, and they stayed at his Lower Lake apartment, where some of his growing operation was taking place.

At the end of 2009, the couple was involved in a domestic dispute and there were concerns that the police would be called, Grothe said. McKay again warned Beasley about the Maddoxes, who he said were a risk to their operation.

Beasley kicked the Maddoxes out in December 2009. They moved in with Elvin Sikes, who allowed them to use a spare bedroom. About that time, someone broke into Beasley's Lower Lake apartment, and Grothe said Beasley concluded that it was the couple, based in part on a small footprint that he believed was Yvette Maddox's.

'I'm going to hell'

McKay gave Beasley the gun to protect himself from getting ripped off, Grothe said.

Beasley then began talking about killing and burying the couple. McKay suggested that he scare the couple instead, Grothe said.

Grothe said McKay's attitude was that Beasley had made a mess of killing the couple and that he needed to clean it up himself.

When McKay went to pick Beasley up from Morgan Valley Road, Grothe said Beasley's first words to him were, "I'm going to hell." Grothe said Beasley continued obsessing, and was worrying about killing the wrong people.

Beasley's girlfriend, Kim Van Horn, testified that she visited him in the Lake County Jail, where he wrote on his hand, "Did they find the gun?" Grothe said Beasley assured McKay no one would ever find it.

On the night of the murders, Beasley went to Walmart to buy new cellphones, boxer shorts and Armor All wipes. Surveillance cameras showed him wearing a black leather jacket McKay had given him.

Grothe showed a chart of cellphone calls and texts that showed a flurry of calls between Beasley and McKay after 6:30 p.m. on the day of the murder. It was sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Grothe argued, that the Maddoxes were killed.

Carter, Beasley's attorney, said McKay could have killed the Maddoxes.

"I assert to you that there is absolutely another reasonable explanation" than Beasley's having committed the murders, he said.

Carter said McKay lied in his testimony more than once, pointing to inconsistencies in his statements about where he kept an unregistered 9 mm handgun, which he had said he kept both in the marijuana garden and in his home.

"He lied to you, absolutely lied to you," Carter told the jury.

Grothe said the Maddoxes were executed brutally in a dispute about 3 pounds of marijuana. "They were killed by their friend, Robby Beasley," he said.

In his rebuttal, Grothe said the jury needed to look at the evidence, not "wild theories" unsupported by the evidence.

He said minor inconsistencies in testimony because of the fact that nearly three years have elapsed -- and peoples' memories aren't foolproof after that time -- are to be expected.

Back in Maine, Beasley's heartbroken grandmother struggles to hold onto the hope that her grandson has been convicted wrongly.

"I don't know what I believe," she said. "I know I want to believe he wouldn't do such a thing. I don't want to believe anyone would do such a thing."

Elizabeth Larson of the Lake County (Calif.) News also contributed to this story.

Craig Crosby -- 621-5642

ccrosby@centralmaine.com

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