Brian Farmer, 59, the registered sex offender arrested for the double strangulation murders of his cousin Joan Colbert, 62, and her 10 year old foster daughter Veronica Roach in August of 2014, was indicted on six charges by a Monmouth County Grand Jury on November 30th, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
The grand jury charged Farmer with first degree Murder for causing the death of Colbert and Roach, one count of first degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, one count of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and two counts of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The Endangering charges are related to Farmer causing or permitting a child to engage in child pornography, for the manufacture of child pornography and for the possession of child pornography.
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Posted: December 1st, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Long Branch, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, Brian Farmer, Crime, Grand Jury, Joan Colbert, Long Branch, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Veronica Roach | Comments Off on Indictments issued in 2014 Long Branch Double Murder
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.
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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 »