Couple identified in Marrero murder, attempted suicide

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office on Monday identified a couple in a murder and attempted suicide in Marrero.

The victim is Linda Honeycutt, 50, of Jutland Drive. The male is identified as 53 year-old Melvin Brooks Jr., whose address is unknown. Investigators have been told that Brooks was the boyfriend of Honeycutt. He remains in critical condition at University Hospital with what police believe are self-inflicted stab wounds.

Honeycutt was stabbed to death, and her house was on fire when deputies and firefighters arrived, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department spokesman Col. John Fortunato.

He said a deputy assigned to the nearby John Ehret High School and a traffic enforcement officer both got word at about 1:30 p.m. of a fire in the area. One on the scene they contacted the Marrero-Harvey Volunteer Fire Company #1.

"They quickly removed both the male and the female from inside the house and it was discovered that the female appeared to have types of stab wounds to her chest. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The male victim was transported to the West Jeff at first, and then on to University Hospital. He has some type of stab wound to the upper shoulder-neck area," said Fortunato.

He said they are investigating whether the fire was set to cover up the apparent murder.

"That's a good possibility, again, the home was heavily engulfed when the officers arrived, actually they couldn't make any entry into the home because of the heat and the flames, but when the fire department went into the home they immediately went into the home to attack the fire, and that's when they discovered the female in the rear of the home and the male in the hallway near the rear," said Fortunato.

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