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Murder indictments handed up in St. Landry Parish

Posted: 4:36 PM, May 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 17:36:34-04

A St. Landry Parish grand jury has indicted an Opelousas man and an Opelousas woman in connection with two separate slayings. 

The grand jury indicted John James Edmond Jr., 58, on a charge of first-degree murder. He’s accused in connection with the March 2018 death of Grace Noel, 70. 

At the time, police said they were sent to Noel’s home to check on her. Edmond allegedly answered the door, said Noel wasn’t home and allowed the officer to check the house. The officer allegedly found Noel dead of a head wound. Neighbors told KATC TV3 that the two lived together. Police called it a domestic violence case. 

A conviction would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison. 

The grand jury also indicted Melissa Ann Credeur, 49, on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the March 2018 slaying of John Gautreaux. 

At the time, deputies said Credeur beat Gautreaux to death. They said Credeur had claimed that Gautreaux was her uncle, and that he raped her, and then she beat him. But after deputies found evidence that discredited her statement, including a medical exam that indicated no rape occurred, she allegedly admitted to beating Gautreaux with a fan, a flashlight and her fists because of his "constant chattering."

A conviction would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison.