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Murder method: Inside the case against couple accused of killing sex offender

1 year 10 months 1 week ago Tuesday, December 15 2015 Dec 15, 2015 December 15, 2015 8:48 PM December 15, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - New details first uncovered by the WBRZ Investigative Unit detail the methodology of murder used by a couple suspected of killing a sex offender earlier this year.

Brittany Monk and Jace Crehan remain in jail, accused in the death of Robert Noce. Noce was found dead, stuffed in a 55-gallon drum on his property in Zachary.

Monk and Crehan are dating and have a child together. Monk was seven-months pregnant when she was arrested and she gave birth to her baby in jail.

Court records WBRZ obtained indicate prosecutors have assembled a damning case against the couple.

Among the details reported by Mark Armstrong and the Investigative Unit is a chilling transcript of an interrogation by sheriff's deputies where both Monk and Crehan were present together.

"I told you I would protect you," authorities wrote of Crehan telling Monk. "I told you this was a possibility we had to be prepared for."

Crehan is attempting to console Monk, who tells investigators she does not want to be put to death for a crime that appears to be revenge. Monk is the victim of Noce's sexual exploits and he recently accepted a plea deal that gave him probation.

At the time of their arrests in July, Monk was 17 and Crehan was 21.

It appears Monk and Crehan planned Noce's murder when Crehan became outraged over what he thought was a light penalty given to Noce for the sex crimes. Crehan became increasingly upset as Monk had panic attacks and nightmares.

Investigators wrote In case documents, Crehan told them they got inside Noce's trailer by removing a window air conditioner. Noce was attacked in his bed. The barrel was left in the kitchen.

Crime scene investigators said Monk's DNA was found on a pair of rubber gloves found inside the barrel.

Before being booked into jail, Crehan remarked the couple had talked abou Gary Plauche who was not sentenced to prison for killing his son's abuser in Baton Rouge in the 1980s.

The couple's child is in the care of Crehan's family.

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