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Monique Susanne BERKLEY

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Love triangle - Plotting to kill her husband
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: December 18, 2005
Date of arrest: Next day
Date of birth: 1980
Victim profile: Paul Berkley, 46 (her naval reservist husband)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Status: Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on September 25, 2007
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wife in Fatal Love Triangle Admits Guilt, Gets Life Sentence

By Amanda Lamb - Wral.com

September 26, 2007

Raleigh, N.C. A Clayton woman at the center of a fatal love triangle pleaded guilty Wednesday for her role in the Dec. 18, 2005, slaying of her naval reservist husband.

Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith accepted Monique Berkley's guilty plea of first-degree murder, sentencing her to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state had announced it was going to seek the death penalty if Berkley had gone to trial.

"Along the way, we looked at the relative culpabilities of each person, the evidence that was admissible against each one, and after consulting with the victim's family, we thought this was an appropriate result," District Attorney Colon Willoughby said.

After Berkley, 27, entered her plea, she broke down sobbing.

Paul Berkley, 46, also of Clayton, was shot in the head on a pathway at Millbrook Exchange Park. Police arrested his wife, who was also shot , and two men Andrew Deshawn Canty and Latwon Darrell Johnson. They charged all three with first-degree murder.

Authorities said Monique Berkley had been having an affair with Canty and that he moved into her house while her husband was deployed overseas. Paul Berkley suspected the affair and planned to divorce his wife, they said.

That is when, Raleigh police said, she put in motion a plot to kill her husband.

In court Wednesday, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Susan Spurlin said Monique and Paul Berkley went out on a date, days after he returned from his tour of duty in the Middle East.

The couple went to see the movie "King Kong" before going to Millbrook Exchange Park for "a romantic interlude."

Spurlin said that during the movie, Monique Berkley went to the restroom and called Canty, telling him to meet them at the park. Spurlin said Johnson drove Canty.

Canty later walked past the couple at the park and shot Paul Berkley in the back of the head and Monique Berkley in the shoulder, Spurlin said. Canty also took Berkley's wallet to make it look like a robbery.

Spurlin said Berkley, Canty and Johnson planned to share a payout from a $400,000 life insurance policy.

Authorities have never recovered the murder weapon and believe it was thrown in a river. Investigators said a gun sold to Canty was test-fired in a Johnston County yard before the killing, and shell casings from that matched the casings found at the crime scene.

Canty pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Johnson's trial date has not been set.

 




Slain Naval Reservist Was Also Stabbed, Autopsy Shows

Wral.com

March 1, 2006

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- An autopsy reveals new details in the late-night slaying of a Naval reservist who was killed at a Raleigh park late last year, and whose wife was arrested in connection with his death.

Investigators knew that a shot to the head killed Paul Berkley in the early-morning hours of Dec. 18 while he and his wife were parked at Millbrook Exchange Park.

The recently released autopsy report, however, indicates that Berkley, 46, was also stabbed in the head. Medical examiners found a 1-inch deep stab wound near his right ear and temporal scalp that caused injuries to the brain and skull.

Investigators said his wife, Monique Berkley, 26, confessed to the slaying and that she had help from her boyfriend, Andrew Canty, and his friend, Latwon Johnson, both 18.

Police said Paul Berkley suspected that his wife was having an affair, and that he told his daughter that he planned to divorce his wife. That is when, Raleigh police said, Monique Berkley allegedly put a plot to kill her husband in motion.

The plan, authorities said, called for Monique Berkley to be beaten to cover up her involvement in the alleged crime. She, however, was shot. Investigators have not said why she was shot instead.

All three suspects were indicted soon after the shooting on first-degree murder charges. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.

 




Slain Naval Reservist's Wife Will Face Death Penalty

Wral.com

January 26, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. Wake County prosecutors will pursue the death penalty against a woman whose naval reservist husband was shot to death in a Raleigh park last month.

Police said Monique Berkley, 26, of Clayton, admitted to plotting to kill her husband, Paul Berkley, 46, to get collect on his life insurance.

In the early-morning hours of Dec. 18, Monique Berkley called 911 to report that two men shot her and her husband on a pathway at Millbrook Exchange Park. Paul Berkley was shot in the head and later died at WakeMed. Monique Berkley sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Upon further investigation, police linked two men, Andrew Deshawn Canty and Latwon Darrell Johnson, both 18, to the shootings and charged them with first-degree murder. Berkley, while recovering from her wounds in the hospital, was also arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

If convicted, Canty and Johnson will also face the death penalty.

Berkley's neighbors said she had been romantically involved with Canty and that the two were living together at her home while her husband was overseas.

Police said Paul Berkley suspected that his wife was having an affair, and that he told his daughter that he planned to divorce his wife. That is when, Raleigh police Sgt. J.C. Perry said, Monique Berkley allegedly put the plot to kill her husband in motion.

Investigators said Berkley promised her husband, who had just returned from serving in the Middle East, a "romantic interlude" at the park after dinner and a movie.

"The original plan called for Monique Berkley to be beaten," Perry told the news media on Dec. 22. "This would be done to cover up her involvement in the crime."

Perry, however, did not comment on why she had been shot, instead.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said in December that he was not ruling out the possibility of more suspects or more charges in the case.

Berkley, Canty and Johnson are in the Wake County Jail being held without bond.

 




Monique Berkley-Andrew Canty murder case

By Traciy Curry-Reyes - Examiner.com

July 30, 2013

Paul Berkley was shot dead in Millbrook Park in North Carolina in 2005. His wife, Monique Berkley, and her lover, Andrew Canty, were charged and convicted of his murder. As of 2013, they are both currently incarcerated in a North Carolina correctional facility, according to WRAL News.

2005 Paul Berkley murder timeline

Wednesday, December 14:

Paul Berkley, a Navy Reserve sailor, leaves his post in the Middle East to visit his wife, Monique Berkley for Christmas. Paul has no idea that his Navy wife has been having an affair and living with her teenage lover, Andrew Canty, while he is away.

In the days following, he spends time with his son Zeke, 18, and his daughter Becky,16.

Sunday, December 18:

In the pre-dawn hours, Monique lures her husband Paul for a night of wine, candy and sex in the park. Monique's Black boyfriend, Andrew Canty, hides and waits for the couple to appear.

The couple is ambushed by two African American teens: Andrew Canty, 18, and Latwon Johnson, 18.

Monique Berkley receives a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Her husband is shot in the head and stabbed in the ear.

Monique places a call to 911 using her cell phone. Her husband, Paul, can be heard gasping for air in the background.

December 19:

Raleigh police arrest Monique Berkley, Andrew Deshawn Canty and Latwon Johnson. They are charged with first-degree murder.

December 23:

Monique Berkley confesses to police that she plotted to kill her husband for the insurance money.

She later changes her story.

2006:

The D.A. makes it clear that they are going for the death penalty.

2007

August 20:

Andrew Canty's trial begins.

August 28:

Andrew Canty stops the trial and pleads guilty. The plea bargain means he will not face the death penalty. He is sentenced to life in prison.

September 26:

Monique Berkley pleads guilty to murder and is sentenced to life in prison.

November 10:

Latwon Johnson pleads guilty.

2013

All three are still incarcerated.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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