Lake County man accused of killing friends thought victims stole his pot

Drugs, greed and friendships gone awry are at the center of a Lake County double murder case.

According to testimony during his ongoing preliminary hearing, Robby Alan Beasley killed a Maine couple he had earlier befriended because he was convinced they had stolen some of his marijuana.

Afterwards, Beasley had second thoughts, said Lake County prosecutor Art Grothe, citing testimony at the hearing.

"Beasley began thinking somebody else really ripped him off and started threatening other people," Grothe said.

Beasley, 30, is charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Frank and Yvette Maddox, 32 and 40, said Lake County prosecutor Art Grothe. Also charged is Elijah Bae McKay, 28, Beasley's longtime friend and a prime witness in the case against him.

"They talked about whether or not (Beasley) was going to kill them and how," Grothe said.

A preliminary hearing for McKay has not yet been set.

McKay also testified that he provided the 9 mm handgun that Beasley used to kill the couple, he said. McKay claims he did not know Beasley was going to kill the pair who, like Beasley and McKay, were former Maine residents, Grothe said.

Beasley became friends with them after serving time in a Maine prison with Frank Maddox, according to testimony at the hearing.

In 2009, Beasley invited them to move to Lake County to help him trim marijuana. They also worked for McKay and lived in a tent on his land until he fired them.

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