Ashton Colby Sachs Spent Time Planning His Family's Ambush in Upscale SJC: Prosecutor

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At Monday's arraignment hearing for Ashton Colby Sachs--the 19-year-old accused of murdering his parents and attempting to murder one of his brothers and one of his sisters in San Juan Capistrano a month earlier--the prosecutor alleged the defendant spent much time planning "a horrendous crime."

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh also said the shooting spree was not financially motivated, although the prosecutor declined to say much more about motive.

Ashton Colby Sachs, Alleged Killer of Parents, Paralyzed Brother and Tried to Shoot Sister: DA

Sachs did not enter a plea to two counts of murder with a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, along with two counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation as the arraignment hearing was rescheduled to April 4. He was ordered to
remain jailed without bail until at least then.

Erin Lindquist of the Orange County Public Defender's office represented Sachs and objected to media requests to record and photograph the hearing, complaining she had not yet received information about the case from prosecutors.

Baytieh made his remarks about Sachs' long planning before the slayings to reporters, including Paul Anderson of City News Service. The prosecutor also followed up on something Anderson and other reporters heard from lead Investigator Justin Montano at an Orange County Sheriff's Department news conference Friday: that finding a trail that led to the killer was complicated by the late Bradford and Andra Sachs' many soured business dealings. That produced speculation it was a disgruntled tenant, customer or worker who carried out the murders.

"[I]t took awhile for sheriff's (investigators) to gather information," Baytieh says in Anderson's report. "Investigators were working on the case from day one. Everybody was a suspect." It was not until combing through phone records, interviewing witnesses and examining other evidence that the focus of the investigation shifted to the divorced couple's 19-year-old son, the veteran prosecutor added.

"We are very confident that we have all the evidence that we need," Baytieh said. "I anticipate proving in court (the defendant's) planning took place over a long period of time."

From the sounds of it, records won't help the defense, as Baytieh mentioned investigators already know the North Seattle Community College student purchased the alleged murder weapon, which they recovered.

"This is a horrendous crime involving an adult man who decided to murder and kill the people that loved him the most, and the people who were supporting him,'' Baytieh says in Anderson's report.

Andra and Bradford Sachs, R.I.P.
The reporter also detailed Orange County Superior Court records from the couple's divorce in 2000 detailed rancor over custody of Ashton Sachs' now 21-year-old brother Myles and sister Alexis, the 17-year-old who was fired at but not hit by a round last month. The 8-year-old boy left paralyzed in the shooting and another teen daughter were adopted later.

Brad Sachs was arrested by Newport Beach police in March 2000 following a custody exchange of the couple's natural-born children that led to Andra Sachs requesting a restraining order. She claimed her then-estranged husband assaulted her by opening a car door that slammed into her stomach before his vehicle collided with hers. As Andra checked on the children in her car, Brad is alleged to have thrown her on the pavement, causing her to black out briefly and sustain injuries to her head, left thigh, knee and ankle.

A judge issued the protective order on March 28, 2000, and subsequent custody exchanges had to be done at a neutral location. The couple was also ordered to enroll in parenting and anger management classes and participate in individual therapy, writes Anderson, citing court records.

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rlf022
rlf022

No one realizes how controlling Andra Sachs was. I can

understand why he did it...but not Brad or hurting the boy

and shooting at his sister.  Something must have conspired

between the family to make him flip out.   They said he

shot at Alexis...she was not the adopted one.

JumpinJehoshefat
JumpinJehoshefat

Notice he went after the adopted ones?  He had an issue with his parents adopting - and they did it while divorced.?

Rich Hail
Rich Hail

''vote for pedro'' ........... don't get excited now Gustavo arellano, that line was just a from a fake movie.

Nestor Jaimes
Nestor Jaimes

Ozcar Chagolla, looks like you when you were that age

Joze Medina
Joze Medina

haha the eyes a little yeah. David looks way different today than what he did in HS and he's wifed up like you

Anonymous
Anonymous

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh needs to SHUT HIS MOUTH!  Ashton Colby deserves representation free of DDA Baytieh's public grandstanding.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh needs to SHUT HIS MOUTH!  I am sick and tired of reading about Asst. Orange County District Attorneys grandstanding with the intent to gain the public's support, years before a trial commences. 

Sr. DDA Baytieh did the same bulls___ when OC jail inmates were arrested and tried for the beating death of John Derek Chamberlain, but yet, not one OC Sheriff employee had to face criminal charges for their part in Chamberlain's ordered attack.  If Baytieh is so professional and experienced as a prosecutor, he should not have to act like a buffoon in public.  Will DA Rackauckas ever understand the need to shut his DDA's up?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh needs to SHUT HIS MOUTH!  When will DA Rackauckas understand that if the law sides with a prosecutor, there is no need for big mouthed DDA's to try the case in the press. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh needs to SHUT HIS MOUTH!  Ashton Colby deserves representation free of DDA Baytieh's public grandstanding.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh needs to SHUT HIS MOUTH!  I am sick and tired of reading about Asst. Orange County District Attorneys grandstanding with the intent to gain the public's support, years before a trial commences. 

Sr. DDA Baytieh did the same bulls___ when OC jail inmates were arrested and tried for the beating death of John Derek Chamberlain, but yet, not one OC Sheriff employee had to face criminal charges for their part in Chamberlain's ordered attack.  If Baytieh is so professional and experienced as a prosecutor, he should not have to act like a buffoon in public.  Will DA Rackauckas ever understand the need to shut his DDA's up?

mister_ecks
mister_ecks

You name your kid 'Ashton Colby' you probably deserve to die. South county douchebag karma.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I don't consider it the least bit hyperbolic to refer to Ashton Sachs as "pure evil".

dpe813
dpe813

@Anonymous TRUE, DA needs to stop basking in his glory, fame, bullcrap. He is a disgrace . I heard he was on KFI radio talk and he said He would tell more about case if they invited him back on .  REALLY !! Hopefully ,brother Myles Sachs will free up assets to buy Ashton Sachs a good defensive team. He will need it. 

    I knew this family very well, Ashton had a good disposition and a heart to go with it, while he was a little "Dennis the Menace" as a child, he was loveable .  I pray for leniency. He needs and needed mental health care. He came from a very dysfunctional ,cold and unloving home. Sachs family was pretentious and phony. Perhaps he saw thru it. My heart goes out for Ashton, he was a product of his environment.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@Anonymous   So, is your point that he should SHUT HIS MOUTH?  Please elaborate so that your point is more clear. What specifically do you want the DDA to do?

Highway39
Highway39

@fishwithoutbicycle  Is your consideration informed by any direct knowledge of this case, or that messed-up kid's life with his two shit-heel parents? No? Then can it, Dr. Phil.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@Highway39

Lots of people (for petty or legitimate reasons) hate their parents...but most don't shoot them dead. And did the brother he paralyzed deserve to suffer even though he had the same "shit-heel" parents that Ashton did? I really don't appreciate you lambasting ME for my statement when others commenting on this blog are making JOKES about this tragedy. Speaking of "messed-up". 

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