Brian R. Farmer’s mugshot taken August 6, 2014, one week after the murders of Joan Colbert and Veronica Roach, for which he is accused.
The man accused of murdering Joan Colbert and her 10 year old foster daughter, Veronica Roach, in their Long Branch home on July 30, visited the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office one week after the murder occurred, as part of his mandated monitoring as a registered sex offender.
Brian R. Farmer was convicted in 1996 of aggravated assault for engaging in sexual penetration of a 15 year old girl while he was armed with a knife. Farmer confined the victim and her mother for three days, keeping them tied up. The victims escaped and Farmer burned down their house, according to the New Jersey State Police Registry of Sex Offenders.
Farmer was arrested early this morning for murders of Colbert and Roach. He was additionally charged with first, second and third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Photos of Farmer engaging in a sex act with the 10 year old Roach were found on his phone.
Sex offenders are monitored by the County Prosecutor’s Offices of the county where they reside, according to State Police Information Officer, Trooper Jeff Flynn. As part of that monitoring, their photos are updated periodically for the Sex Offenders Directory.
Farmer’s most recent mugshot was taken on August 6, 2014, one week after the July 30th murders occurred.
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 14th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Law Enforcement, Long Branch, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: Brian Farmer, Brian R Farmer, Child Pornography, Joan Colbert, Long Branch Murders, murder, Veronica Roach | 10 Comments »
Cousin of elder victim is charged
Related: Suspect Checked In With Prosecutors One Week After The Murders
Brian R. Foster, a registered sex offender, was convicted of aggravated assault in 1996
Brian Farmer, 58, of John St in Long Branch has been charged with the strangulation murders of his cousin, Joan Colbert and her 10 year old foster daughter Veronica Roach. Farmer also faces child pornography charges in connection with the 10 year old girl, according to a statement by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Prosecutor’s office has confirmed that the defendant is the the same Brain R. Farmer, 58 of Long Branch, who is a registered sex offender convicted of aggravated assault in 1996.
A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Long Branch Police Department was launched after Colbert and Roach were found in their first floor apartment at 61 Lippincott Ave. on August 1, 2014. Long Branch police responded to the home around 5:22 p.m. following a report of suspicious circumstances at the address.
A 13-day investigation revealed Farmer was at the home on July 30, where he was discovered by Colbert taking pornographic photographs of the 10-year-old girl. A confrontation ensued ending with Farmer killing Colbert and the girl. Farmer then fled the scene of his crimes.
Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 14th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Long Branch, Monmouth County Prosecutor, News | Tags: Brian Farmer, Brian R Farmer, Crime, Dr. Diane Karluk, Long Branch, Long Branch Double Murder, Long Branch Murder, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office | 2 Comments »