Two men in New Orleans allegedly beat up an accused rapist, but then killed his victim in order to cover up their crime, police said.
According to authorities, 25-year-old Brooke “Bee” Buchler was a server at a restaurant in Olde Towne Slidell.
In Aug. 2020, Buchler told some people close to her that a man raped her, police said.
Dylan Craddock was friends with Buchler since high school and after finding out about the rape, he and Cody Matthews beat and stabbed the man inside an apartment in Slidell, Louisiana, and left him for dead in a remote area of St. Tammany Parish, authorities said.
However, the man survived and then the two men convinced themselves that Buchler was a “liability,” The New Orleans Advocate reported.
On Aug. 23. 2020, one day after she was reported missing, Buchler’s body was found inside the Naval Support Activity facility with a single gunshot wound to the back of her head, officials said.
According to police, the men killed Buchler because she knew they had nearly killed the man she accused of sexual assault.
On Oct. 28, 2021, an Orleans Parish grand jury charged Craddock and Matthews with first-degree murder in the death of Buchler, officials said.
Police said the men have also been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. If convicted, they each face life in prison, according to authorities.
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