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Criminal history revealed for couple accused of murdering man, burning body

Ongoing investigation after Odessa murder (Source: KWES) Ongoing investigation after Odessa murder (Source: KWES)
Audrey Montgomery (Source: Ector County Law Enforcement Center) Audrey Montgomery (Source: Ector County Law Enforcement Center)
Lacey Taylor (Source: Ector County Law Enforcement Center) Lacey Taylor (Source: Ector County Law Enforcement Center)
ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

New details surrounding a man who was murdered in Odessa. The couple arrested has a criminal history. Past charges include burglary, drug charges and prostitution. A former neighbor for over two years said it was only a matter of time until someone turned up dead.

Audrey Montgomery, 47 and Lacey Taylor, 56, are charged with the murder of Fred Robinson, 50. Neighbors said Montgomery and Taylor are a couple and were always up to no good.

"It was a known meth house and it was a known prostitution house," said former neighbor Meliah Watters. "It was just traffic all day long. Men outside all day long, wandering the house, we would hear fights in the middle of the night."

The affidavits for the suspects say Montgomery told someone about the murder and that person then reported it to Odessa police on June 25. The documents say Montgomery told that person she killed Robinson with a shotgun at her home on the 1400 block of 5th street in Odessa and tore up her floor to "clean the mess."

Taylor is accused of moving the body and burning it in a barrel at a shop on the 200 block of Park Ave.

"The burn barrel was discovered inside of a building inside the 200 block of Park," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department. "Officers did locate bones inside the barrel. They did believe that those bones were human remains. However, they were unsure at the time."

The bones were analyzed in Tarrant County, that's when multiple shotgun pellets were discovered in the victim's shoulder. The remains were identified as those of Fred Robinson. Documents say Robinson was living with Montgomery at one time.

Neighbors tell us they called him Jr. and he was treated horribly.

"She would have him out in 115 degree weather mowing her yard. She had him live in a shack in the back of their property. No electricity, no air-conditioner. She had him doing all sorts of jobs," said Watters.

Watters said Montgomery probably thought she could get away with it and Taylor always acted like her body-guard.

"She was the boss, whatever she said, went. I'm sure in a way it was because of how he felt about her. But if he told her to do something, he would do it for her," said Watters.

Odessa police said they do not expect to make any more arrests in connection to the murder of Robinson. However, the two suspects could face more charges.

Bond for Taylor and Montgomery is set at $500,000 each for the murder charge and $100,000 each for tampering with evidence.

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