A Louisiana man admitted to killing his girlfriend’s convicted molester while being interviewed by a detective days after the murder, as shown in a tape of the interview that was played in the alleged killer’s trial.
Jace Crehan, 23, admitted to the killing of Robert Noce Jr., 47, on July 4, 2015—just thirteen days after Noce pleaded no contest to a charge of sexually molesting Brittany Monk, 20, when she was a child and Noce was dating her mother, The Advocate reported.
Noce avoided jail time for the molestation, instead being placed on probation for five years.
In the video, Crehan said that he killed Noce inside his trailer, but he initially said that Monk was not present at the scene of the crime.
The detective then told him that Monk’s DNA was located at the scene, and Crehan said that Monk was there, but had not taken part in the assault leading up to Noce’s killing.
Monk, however, later testified that she had punched Noce 10 to 15 times before Crehan killed him.
"I was lying about Brittany's involvement because I don't want anything to happen to her," Crehan said to his interrogator, according to the tapes.
After the confession, Crehan showed investigators the pond where he had thrown the knife that he used to kill Noce. On the car ride over, Crehan was unapologetic about killing Noce.
"I made her life better by what I did," he says of Monk. "That's enough for me.”
His knife was recovered by police.
Monk pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this year and faces up to 40 years in prison after her sentencing next month. Crehan, meanwhile, could be sentenced to life in prison if he is found guilty of second-degree murder.
But Crehan told investigators that he felt he needed to kill Noce because the justice system had “failed” his girlfriend. He said that, in the early morning hours when Crehan and Monk arrived at Noce’s house to kill him, the older man screamed upon being woken up.
"He was staring his actual penalty in the face," Crehan said. "He knew exactly why."