|For Immediate Release
April 18, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Cell: 714-292-2718Farrah Emami
PAROLE DENIED FOR INMATE CONVICTED OF 1990 EXECUTION-STYLE SHOOTING-MURDER OF EX-GIRLFRIEND
SANTA ANA – The Board of Parole Hearings (Board), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, denied the parole today for 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. Framstead is being held at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos appeared at the hearing to oppose parole. Four family members of victim Tammy Davis, including their daughter, also attended Framstead’s hearing. The victim and inmate’s daughter gave an emotional statement, telling the Board, “My family is tired of reliving this. All I want…is to deny him any possibility of parole.” When talking about her mother, she stated, “She was 19-years-old, she was a child.”
Davis’ brother, who was 13 years old at the time of the murder, told the Board that despite Framstead’s denials of threatening or harassing the family before the murder, he was threatened by the inmate. The victim’s brother had to stop talking because he became so emotional.
The Board denied Framstead’s parole, stating, “You are a domestic abuser and you committed the ultimate act of domestic abuse.” They denied his parole because his last prison rules violation was four months ago, and having just admitted he intended to kill his ex-girlfriend for the first time today, the Board felt he was at the beginning of his rehabilitation. Framstead will be eligible for his next parole hearing in 2017.
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.