A Louisiana mom was killed while pretending to be her daughter to save the minor from a pair of assassins whom authorities say the girl’s own uncle had hired to stop her from testifying against him in a rape case.
Brittany Cormier, 34, and her neighbor, Hope Nettleton, 37, were found shot dead inside a home in Montegut on January 13 as part of a botched murder-for-hire plot that was allegedly masterminded by Cormier’s own brother.
On Monday, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of Beaux Cormier, 35, and his two friends, Andrew Eskine, 25, and Dalvin Wilson, 22, in connection with last month’s double homicide.
Brittany Cormier, 34 (left)], was killed saving her daughter’s life by pretending to be her when hitmen came for her. Officials in Louisiana say Brittany’s own brother, Beaux Cormier, 35 (right), hired the assassins to kill his niece to derail a rape case against him
Cormier, Eskine, and Wilson were initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder. On Tuesday, prosecutors filed additional counts of criminal conspiracy to commit murder and attempted first-degree murder against each of the suspects, reported WDSU.
The new charges stem from two prior incidents when the accused men conducted surveillance on the victims’ home and then attempted to carry out the killing, but failed, Sheriff Timothy Soignet told WDSU.
Cormier is additionally charged with solicitation for murder for hire for allegedly paying his friends to kill his own niece.
When Eskine and Wilson returned to Brittany Cormier’s home last month to carry out the killing, Soignet said they asked for the her daughter by name, and her mother pretended to be her daughter – ‘accepting her fate to save the life of the actual victim.’
Brittany’s daughter and stepdaughter were hiding in a closet at the time of the attack and were not harmed. The sheriff credited the mother’s actions with saving her child’s life.
Andrew Eskine, left, and Dalvin Wilson, right, have been arrested by deputies in Louisiana for the January 13 double homicide
There were reportedly five people in the home, pictured, at the time the victims were shot to death
Samantha LeMaire, a close friend, told The Advocate that she never expected Cormier would have to sacrifice her life to protect her daughter.
‘She would do anything for her kids,’ LeMaire said. ‘But to this extent? I would have never thought it would ever have come down to this.’
Beaux Cormier was initially arrested for allegedly raping his own niece in March 2020 in nearby Lafayette Parish and ‘is already a convicted sex offender,’ according to officials.
‘Cormier hired Eskine and Wilson to murder the rape victim so she could not testify,’ Soignet said.
The trio staked out Brittany’s home sometime in the summer or fall, and then Eskine and Wilson allegedly went back there in November to kill the rape victim, according to the sheriff, but the attempt failed and a neighbor reported the license plate to police.
Brittany (left) saved her daughter’s life and sacrificed her own. Her neighbor, Hope Nettleton (right), fought back and was also killed
Soignet said that it took law enforcement a couple weeks to solve the case of the January 13 double homicide and the license plate noted in November was ‘critical’ to solving it.
The sheriff added Eskine and Wilson both confessed to their involvement in the plot and named Beaux Cormier as the person who hired them to kill his niece.
Beaux acted as a pallbearer during his sister’s funeral on January 20, just over a week before he was arrested for her murder, reported KATC.
District Attorney Joseph L. Waitz, Jr. said prosecutors ‘feel like we have a very strong case.’
‘I will get convictions in this case,’ Waitz said, adding that the death penalty ‘is absolutely on the table.’
The three men are being held without bond at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.