In 1993, prosecuted two defendants for conspiracy to commit murder for hire. Ashburn had previously shot intended victim Ed Bumgartner and another individual, who was in fact killed, then dumped them both in a farmhouse and set fire to it. After being convicted of the original crimes (murder, attempted murder, arson) Ashburn contacted Davis, who harbored an unrelated grudge against the victim-survivor Bumgartner, from prison. We arranged for them to “hire” an undercover FBI agent posing as a hitman and staged the murder of Bumgartner, including creating graphic photos of his “corpse” as proof. Both pled guilty on the morning of trial. Ironically, the undercover FBI agent is now imprisoned for the bludgeoning death of his son’s girlfriend, using two claw hammers.
About The Author
Thomas M. O’Connell is the former Senior Litigation Counsel and Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crimes Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to his 13 years in the Las Vegas U.S. Attorneys Office, he served for 8 years in the Northern District of California. Tom retired in 2013 and relocated back to Las Vegas. Since then, he has helped trained Las Vegas Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson police, and U.S. Probation. He’s addressed inmates at High Desert State Prison and guest lectured at both UNLV and Boyd School of Law.