A Long Branch man has been indicted on charges he strangled his cousin and her foster daughter after the woman accused him of taking pornographic photos of theGIRL.
Brian Farmer, 59, was charged in an indictment handed up on Monday with two counts of murder and four counts of child endangerment related to the deaths of his cousin Joan Colbert, 62, and her 10-year-old foster daughter Veronica Roach, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said on Tuesday.
The bodies of Colbert and her foster daughter were found Aug. 1, 2014, in their Lippincott Avenue apartment butINVESTIGATORS determined they were killed two days earlier, Gramiccioni said.
He said that while Farmer was at his cousin’s home on July 30, 2014, Colbert discovered him taking pornographic photos of the girl. After Colbert confronted him, Farmer strangled Colbert and the girl and then ran from the scene, the acting prosecutor said.
He said detectives found pornographic pictures of the girl on Farmer’s cellPHONE. The various child endangerment charges relate to accusations that Farmer caused or permitted a child to engage in pornography, that he manufactured child porn and that he possession child pornography.
Farmer is being held in the Monmouth County jail in Freehold on $2.56 million bail.
If convicted of the murder charges, Farmer faces life in prison without parole.
The child endangerment charges carry penalties of anywhere from three to 20 years in prison.