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Opelousas woman arrested after allegedly killing man due to his 'constant chattering'

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Melissa Ann Credeur / St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Melissa Ann Credeur / St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman on charges of second-degree murder after she allegedly beat a man to death due to his 'constant chattering.' 

Deputies say they have arrested 49-year-old Melissa Ann Credeur of Opelousas on a charge of second-degree murder after she filed a complaint with deputies on March 12, of rape by a man she claims is her uncle, John R. Gautreaux. 

Credeur allegedly told deputies that Gautreaux had raped her while she was sleeping and that he then fell asleep on top of her. Credeur then told deputies that Gautreaux had stopped breathing and that she was able to move him off of her and then began to beat him. 

According to deputies, an investigation into the incident revealed Gautreaux's body in a fetal position with bruising to his upper body. Deputies say evidence was discovered that discredited Credeur's statement. 

After an initial investigation, deputies say Credeur was taken to a local hospital for medical testing where it was revealed that a rape did not occur. Deputies say that Credeur then admitted to beating Gautreaux to death with a metal electric fan, a flashlight, pencils, a paintbrush, and her fist because of Gautreaux's 'constant chattering.'

Credeur was arrested and transported to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office for processing. Bond has been set at $150,000.

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