|For Immediate Release
April 17, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
OCDA TO OPPOSE PAROLE OF INMATE CONVICTED OF 1990 EXECUTION-STYLE SHOOTING-MURDER OF EX-GIRLFRIEND
SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas is opposing the parole of an inmate convicted of the execution-style shooting-murder of his ex-girlfriend. Brian Framstead, 51, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of first degree murder with a sentencing enhancement allegation for the personal used of a deadly weapon. He was sentenced Jan. 3, 1992, to 29 years to life in state prison. This case was originally prosecuted by former Deputy District Attorney Christopher Evans. He being held at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville and is scheduled for a parole hearing tomorrow, April 18, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos will appear at the hearing to oppose parole. Four family members of victim Tammy Davis, including their daughter, will attend Framstead’s hearing.
Murder of Tammy Davis
Prior to the murder of 19-year-old Tammy Davis, inmate Brian Framstead had threatened, harassed, and stalked his ex-girlfriend in an effort to quell her decision to end their relationship. They had a 13-month-old daughter together. Framstead had a restraining order against him for a 1989 case for pointing a gun at Davis, from which he was scheduled to begin serving a 180-day county jail term just days after committing the murder.
On the evening of Jan. 5, 1990, then-29-year-old Framstead was waiting for his ex-girlfriend, Davis, outside of her work with a sawed-off shotgun in his possession. As soon as he saw Davis get into her vehicle, Framstead quickly approached the car, jumped in, and forced Davis to drive into a quiet residential area. When he ordered her to pull over, she parked the car, jumped out and ran to the nearest house while Framstead chased after her. While Davis was crouched outside the door pounding on the door, pleading and begging for help, Framstead shot her in the head execution-style and fled the scene.
The following day, Framstead attempted to commit suicide while driving by dousing himself with gasoline and setting himself on fire as police pursued his car through a Denny’s parking lot. He suffered severe burns over much of his body and remained hospitalized for six months before he was remanded to stand trial for murder.
Lack of Responsibility, Prison Violations, and Risk to Public Safety
Framstead continues to insist that the shotgun accidentally went off and that his real attempt was to commit suicide in front of his girlfriend. The circumstances this case, however, show that the inmate intended to murder his victim by shooting her execution-style in the head as she pleaded for help.