Deputies arrested a young Denham Springs couple Wednesday in the slaying of a man whose body was found in a plastic drum at his Zachary residence on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, who took over the case from the Zachary Police Department, arrested Jace Crehan, 21, and Brittany Monk, 17, on counts of second-degree murder.
Crehan was taken into custody Wednesday and confessed to stabbing and strangling Noce to death in Noce’s home, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, in a news release. Crehan told investigators he put Noce’s body in the plastic drum, Hicks said.
Crehan said that Monk was present during the incident, but Hicks said that detectives did not want to elaborate on the role she played.
Hicks did say that detectives found Monk’s DNA on the drum with Noce’s body.
Robert Noce, 47, of 3021 S. Vernon Road, had begun serving a five-year probation less than two weeks prior for a sex crime involving a child. He was originally indicted in 2013 on a count of aggravated rape involving a child under age 13, a charge that was later changed to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Hicks said she could not comment on whether the killing was connected to Noce’s conviction in the sex crime involving the child.
“We have to continue to process evidence,” Hicks said. “Once we gather that evidence then we forward all of that to the district attorney to use for prosecution. We are very limited at this time because it is still ongoing.”
Crehan and Monk, who both live at 26384 Wax Road, will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison each on a count of second-degree murder, Hicks said.