Raleigh, N.C. — Brian Sluss, charged with the 2019 homicide of his 23-year-old girlfriend and the mom of his two youngsters, is anticipated to take the stand Wednesday – two weeks after his trial started.
The state is anticipated to relaxation its case Wednesday as properly, after presenting 53 witnesses over the course of the trial.
Sluss is accused of killing the mom of his two women, 23-year-old Monica Moynan, and disposing of her physique.
During the trial Tuesday, prosecutors performed audio of an interview between Sluss and detectives at his dad and mom’ dwelling in Virginia.
A scientist additionally testified that blood present in Moynan’s Holly Springs dwelling belonged to her.
Moynan’s physique has not been discovered, however prosecutors mentioned they’ve sufficient proof to show Sluss is the person accountable for her dying.
Sluss, nevertheless, says Moynan walked out on him in mid-June 2019, and he had been overlaying up for her. However, the state maintains she was killed on April 7, 2019, saying they imagine no calls or social media posts have been made by her since that point.
In October 2019, Holly Springs police mentioned they believed Moynan was lifeless as a consequence of how lengthy she’d been lacking, together with the truth that she hadn’t used any bank cards or made posts on social media in months.
“The circumstances that she hadn’t been seen, that her child’s father had her car, her phone, her credit card and her children and he was leaving the state” made Lt. Jessica McMillan of the Holly Springs police really feel there may very well be a case in opposition to Sluss.
Investigators mentioned Sluss had been driving Moynan’s automobile and utilizing her cellphone, even pretending to be her in texts and Instagram posts to her household and associates. He additionally had been staying at Moynan’s house though administration had a trespass order stopping him from setting foot on the property.
Sluss informed police that Moynan had change into hooked on heroin and had run off in late June after he tried “home rehab” to interrupt her of the dependancy.
The couple had two daughters, who have been ages 1 and 4 on the time she went lacking.
In May 2020, Sluss was arrested and charged along with her homicide.
Search warrants filed by Holly Springs Police revealed he had been abusive and lined up her disappearance. For 10 months, Moynan’s household helped push the investigation ahead.
“First and foremost I want to know where my daughter is so she can be brought home to rest,” mentioned Moynan’s mom, Melanie Tucker.
“Three years and 5 days ago the defendant Brian Sluss murdered the mother of his children, Monica Moynan,” mentioned assistant district lawyer Melanie Shekita.
According to Shekita, Moynan met Sluss when she was 17. Sluss, now in his 40s, was 20 years older than she was.
Shekita argued that proof and prior reviews proved Sluss was abusive. When the abuse started, Moynan nonetheless needed Sluss to be concerned with the youngsters. However, in 2016, she filed a restraining order. In 2017, he was charged with assaulting her. Sluss always checked up on Moynan, texted her and needed to know who she was with, the prosecution mentioned. He even accessed her social media with out her consent, in response to the prosecution.
The prosecution mentioned March 6, 2019, was the final selfie she ever posted, and that her final textual content was April 7, 2019.
Then, Moynan was gone. She by no means confirmed as much as work. Then, she missed a child bathe. She missed doula coaching and did not take her daughter to the physician. When neighbors requested about her, Shekita mentioned Sluss mentioned she was sick or working – and even used her social media or texts to faux he was her.
Investigators positioned Sluss at his dad and mom’ dwelling in Virginia. He had Moynan’s cellphone, a cellphone investigators say he was utilizing to impersonate Moynan by means of texts, calls and social media.
“He communicated with people as if he were Monica, putting up a façade that Monica was still alive,” mentioned Shekita.
Investigators suspected she’d been murdered after she had been lacking for such a very long time, with out utilizing any bank cards. Shekita mentioned that they had seized her cellphone and EBT card, and located her purse and pockets within the dwelling.
Shekita mentioned when City-County Bureau of Identification got here out, “They used a chemical to detect the presence of blood, and it lit up.”
Authorities discovered a major quantity of blood underneath the kitchen flooring, as properly, Shekita mentioned.
The protection: Moynan was an unreliable father or mother, whereas Sluss served as main caregiver and a superb father
According to Tommy Manning, Sluss’ lawyer, “Monica [Moynan] was more and more absent from their home.”
The protection mentioned Moynan informed Sluss she “had to leave” and that “she was tired.” Sluss mentioned she walked out, and he by no means noticed her once more.
Manning says Sluss was a superb father, and that each time Moynan wanted assist, she referred to as him, regardless of the protecting order.
“She called him, and he came and took excellent care of their girls,” Manning mentioned.
Manning mentioned Sluss ready meals, modified diapers, did laundry and maintained the home – whereas Moynan went to work, or wanted breaks, or went out with associates.
“The constant in all of this, Brian was there with their girls and he was taking care of them,” Manning mentioned.
Meanwhile, Manning mentioned Moynan was unreliable, fired from her jobs, whereas Sluss continued as the first caregiver for the youngsters.
At the top of opening statements, Manning made a easy plea: To observe the proof.
“Please keep all this in context as you listen to the evidence: There’s more than one story here,” Manning mentioned. “The only thing that matters here is evidence. Please listen and be extremely careful of your examination of the evidence.”
Sluss is anticipated to testify on his personal behalf.