Judge holds off Monk bond reduction decision
BATON ROUGE - A judge said Friday he will wait to make a decision on a requested bond reduction for Brittany Monk, the woman accused of killing the man who admitted to molesting her when she was a young girl.
Judge Anthony Marabella did say Friday he's not inclined to reduce Monk's $400,000 bond for second degree murder charges, but he will look over all the documents before making a final ruling by Nov. 20.
The 18-year-old Monk and her fiancé, 21-year-old Jace Crehan, are accused of killing 47-year-old Robert Noce of Zachary in July. Sheriff's investigators said Noce was found stabbed, strangled and stuffed in a barrel back in July. Deputies said Crehan confessed his role in the killing to investigators, and DNA evidence linked Monk to the scene.
Court records showed Noce pleaded guilty to molesting Monk from the time she was 4 to 8 several weeks before he was killed. He was originally charged with rape but pleaded to a lesser charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and was released from jail on suspended probation.
Monk also gave birth to a son, Vaan Jace Crehan, at Woman's Hospital some time after her arrest according to Crehan's father. The motion to reduce the bond amount listed her newborn as a reason why she was less of a flight risk, and deserved a lowered bond so she could care for her child.