News Story

 

Arrest Made in Solicitation of Murder for Hire Plot
1/9/2018 4:30:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Arrest Made in Solicitation of Murder for Hire Plot

Report Number:

17-173702

Location:

Pre-Trial Detention Facility / 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, CA

Date & Time:

01/08/2018 at 1030 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Bureau

Pre-Trial Detention Facility Classification Unit; Sheriff's Major Crimes

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age

(S) David Kenneth Beech, Simi Valley, 58

(V-1) Female, Ventura County, 49

(V-2) Female, Ventura County, 24

(V-3) Female, Ventura County, 24

(V-4) Female, Ventura County, 62

Narrative:

An inmate incarcerated at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility was arrested yesterday

for solicitation of murder. David Beech was already in custody for possession of child

pornography and multiple counts of committing lewd acts against children. Among his intended

targets of the murder plot were victims of his previous sexual assaults.

In October 2017, investigators received information revealing Beech intended to have several

people murdered. The information prompted an investigation by the Classification Unit and the

Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau.

Investigators learned Beech went through a series of calculated steps and overt acts to carry out

his plan, which included the solicitation and employment of a 'hitman' to perpetrate the crimes on

his behalf. Unbeknownst to Beech, the individual he subsequently hired to commit the murders

was actually an undercover police officer.

Investigators determined Beech's motivation to have these individuals murdered was so they

would be unable to testify in his trial and, therefore, his current charges would be dropped. The

likely result would have led to Beech's release from custody.

Following Beech's arrest, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office has filed four counts of

solicitation of murder. Beech's arraignment on those charges is pending.

Beech, a 58-year-old Simi Valley resident, has been in custody since January 9, 2015 awaiting

trial on the charges of child pornography and lewd acts. His bail has been set at $1.4 million.

Prepared by:

Sergeant Dean Worthy / Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau

Media Release Date:

01/09/2018

Follow-Up Contact:

eric.buschow@ventura.org

Sergeant Eric Buschow; 805-947-8129;

Approved by:

Captain Jeff Miller; Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau