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October 5, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted of killing business owner found dead in van?

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QUESTION: Was anybody convicted in the murder of Fritz Bieth? I believe it happened in the mid 1980s, and what was the reason of his murder? I believe he was found shot to death in the back of his van in Yuba City.
Submitted by: Stuts, Elk Grove

ANSWER: According to court documents, Fritz Bieth, the owner of a Sacramento company, Floratech, who had developed and patented a method of raising orchids, was killed May 17, 1991 by a business partner.

Marysville police officers found Bieth's body in his van in a motel parking lot. He had been beaten and shot to death.

Arvind Daya was convicted of second-degree murder.

The prosecutor said the murder was motivated by personal animosity and financial gain. At the time of his death, Bieth had a $1 million life insurance policy naming Daya and another business partner as beneficiaries.

Daya, 62, is incarcerated at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Blythe.

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