An 18-year-old Walker woman who, along with her boyfriend, is accused in the July 4 killing of a Zachary man who sexually abused her as a child will remain behind bars, despite a significant reduction in her bail.

State District Judge Tony Marabella last week lowered Brittany Monk’s $400,000 bail to $149,000, but only so she can take advantage of certain East Baton Rouge Parish Prison programs not available to someone with such a high bail.

Marabella indicated in a court filing that Monk’s bail was reduced “for the purpose of getting medical treatment and attending classes.”

Monk’s attorneys declined further comment Tuesday but did say she would not attend any classes outside the prison.

Monk was 17 and seven months’ pregnant when Robert Noce Jr., 47, was found July 4 stabbed and strangled and stuffed inside a 55-gallon plastic drum in his South Vernon Road trailer. She delivered a baby boy Sept. 8, four days after pleading not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in the case.

Marabella stated during a court Dec. 16 hearing that a bail of $400,000 for Monk is both reasonable and appropriate, and he said he is to be notified immediately if anyone attempts to post the $149,000 bail.

If such an attempt is made, the judge said, he would likely reinstate the $400,000 bail at a hearing.

“She is not to be released,” he stressed.

Monk’s boyfriend, Jace Crehan, 21, also is charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Noce, who was the boyfriend of Monk’s mother. Crehan’s bail also stands at $400,000.

Noce was killed 12 days after he was put on probation for five years for abusing Monk when she was a child.

Crehan has admitted to East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s detectives that he stabbed and strangled Noce, and also has confessed in letters and phone calls to The Advocate.

Court documents state that Monk’s DNA was detected on gloves found inside the drum containing Noce’s body.

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