Couple indicted on charges in death of Zachary sex offender

Credit: MGN

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A man and his pregnant girlfriend have been indicted on second-degree murder charges in the death of a sex offender whose body was found in a plastic drum at his Zachary home.

The Advocate reports 21-year-old Jace Crehan and his 18-year-old girlfriend were indicted Wednesday.

Authorities say the body of 47-year-old Robert Noce Jr. was discovered July 4. He was strangled and stabbed.

Sheriff’s officials have said Crehan admitted to stabbing and strangling Noce and putting his body in the plastic drum. Officials say Crehan also placed his girlfriend at the crime scene.

Officials say Noce had just begun serving probation for sexually abusing the 18-year-old woman when she was a child. The woman says Noce, who was her mother’s former boyfriend, repeatedly assaulted her throughout her childhood.

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault and is not naming the woman.

Attorneys for Crehan and the woman declined comment.

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