Westwood man faces murder charge

Edward “Ed” Harold Biggs, 62, of Westwood, is in the Tehama County Jail charged with murder.

Here’s what happened according to a statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.

About 4:49 p.m. Friday, October 20, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center and the California Highway Patrol Dispatch Center received multiple 911 calls regarding an assault in Westwood.  LCSO deputies and CHP officers arrived on scene soon after the calls were made. The Westwood Fire Department, CalFire and an ambulance from SEMSA also responded.

Upon arrival, Westwood resident Marty Robert Ashley, Sr., 62, identified by family members, was found lying on the side of the road with significant head and facial injuries. Extensive life-saving efforts were made, but Ashley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Multiple witnesses reported seeing Biggs and Ashley in a physical altercation. Biggs fled the scene in his vehicle, a red Toyota Tacoma pickup.  A law enforcement BOLO (be on the lookout) broadcast went out for Biggs and his vehicle.

Biggs’ vehicle was spotted by a California Highway Patrol officer on Highway 36, near Manton Road in Dales about 5:56 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The CHP initiated a traffic stop on Highway 36 outside of Red Bluff, California, and Biggs was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Tehama County Jail on a murder charge.

LCSO detectives responded to Red Bluff to collect evidence and interview Biggs. The investigation is still active, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the detective’s unit at the LCSO, (530) 251-8013.

The LCSO thanks the Susanville and Red Bluff CHP offices, as well as the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office for their coordinated efforts in being able to take Biggs into custody without incident.