WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Before Clem Beauchamp allegedly set his sights on killing his longtime girlfriend Felicia Brown and her two children, he and Brown hatched their own murder plot, according to allegations in recently filed court documents.
Brown and Beauchamp were planning to kill the Delray Beach man's other on-and-off-again girlfriend, Michelle Dent, according to the claim.
The claim, made by Brown's ex-husband, is to be considered by U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas today when he decides what punishment Beauchamp will receive on a weapons conviction that at first seemed to be unrelated to the grisly murders of Brown and her children.
The new documents indicate the weapons charge is inextricably intertwined with the fates of not just Brown and her children but possibly of the 29-year-old Dent as well.
Beauchamp, 34, was charged with three federal weapons violations in March, the day after the bodies of two children stuffed into a suitcase and a duffel bag bobbed to the surface of a Delray Beach canal. The gruesome discovery was soon followed by a shocking announcement: A badly decomposed body dumped at the Palm Beach County landfill seven months earlier was that of Felicia Brown, the mother of the two dead children and Beauchamp's longtime girlfriend.
Beauchamp, who along with Dent raised the two children and Dent's three kids after Brown disappeared, was indicted last month in state court on three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Brown, 25, Jermaine McNeil, 10, and Ju'Tyra Allen, 6.
Documents filed in advance of his sentencing on the weapons conviction in federal court today spell out a possible motive for the murders: Brown was planning to rat him out.
Secretly recorded conversation
In a secretly recorded conversation with her ex-husband, Peter Brown, Felicia Brown said she bought a .22-caliber revolver and Beauchamp outfitted it with a silencer. A felon, Beauchamp couldn't buy the gun and unregistered silencers are illegal.
Brown told her ex-husband she was worried she would be charged with a crime. "It's gonna be both of us because I'm, I'm gonna be with gun cuz I bought it and everything and he made the silencer so," she said, according to a transcript of the disjointed April 2010 talk captured on Peter Brown's cellphone.
In the transcript, Peter Brown urged his ex-wife to come clean with agents. "Clem ain't gonna look out for you. Just do what you got to do to take care of yourself," he said. Later, he adds: "Just call the man and tell the man where you got the gun and you should, you should be free."
Brown apparently took his advice, prosecutors said. She agreed to meet with a federal agent in June 2010. However, she didn't keep the appointment. The agent couldn't reach her to reschedule. By then, the implication is, she was dead.
Further, prosecutors said, Beauchamp told federal agents he knew Felicia Brown could serve as a witness against him.
Peter Brown now claims his ex-wife also told him she and Beauchamp had a specific reason for wanting a gun: They planned to kill Dent. The documents don't mention any motive for the alleged plot.
Plot claim may affect sentence
Further, Felicia Brown's revelation wasn't captured on tape. It came late in the conversation, after the recording ability of Peter Brown's phone ran out, prosecutors said. Still, it is being used to justify a tougher sentence than was agreed to when a plea deal was reached on the weapons charges Aug. 1.
When Beauchamp pleaded guilty to having an unregistered silencer, prosecutors dropped two other charges and agreed not to push for the maximum 10-year sentence.
In court papers, Beauchamp's attorney tries to discredit Peter Brown's claims. Robert Berube, an assistant federal public defender, questions why "this blockbuster comment" wasn't revealed to police until August, more than a year after the April 2010 talk took place.
He asked Dimitrouleas not to consider the claim.
Prosecutor John McMillan Jr. countered that Dimitrouleas is free to give it whatever weight he wants. Beauchamp, he wrote, can rebut it.
Dent, who lost custody of her three children after Brown and her children were killed, could not be reached for comment Monday.
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