BRISTOW — After being “saved” at church, Beverly Sue Noe said last year she had confessed all her sins except one, a state agent reported.
She said she would take that one to the grave.
On Friday, Noe, 67, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, almost 22 years after the victims were killed.
She is accused in the first murder count of causing the death of her former daughter-in-law, Wendy Camp, 23, on May 29, 1992.
She is accused in the other two counts of causing the deaths of Camp’s 6-year-old daughter, Cynthia Britto; and Camp’s sister-in-law, Lisa Renee Kregear, 23.
The three victims’ skeletonized remains were recovered last April from a grave in a pasture near Terlton. The victims had lived in Oklahoma City.
The charge was filed Friday morning in Creek County District Court in Bristow. The defendant is being held in the Creek County jail in Sapulpa.
Prosecutors allege in the charge that she acted “together and in concert with” her mother, Ida Mae Prewitt, who died in 2011.
Investigators believe Camp was killed because she was in a custody dispute in 1992 with her former husband, Chad Noe, over their son, then 4.
“In the past year, investigators collected information pointing to Beverly Noe and her mother Ida Prewitt as having killed the three,” the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported Friday after the arrest.
The OSBI said Beverly Noe made several revealing statements in a conversation with her brother, “including information about the gun she used in the homicides.”
The OSBI stated in an advisory it “hopes this arrest brings solace to the victims’ families although it has taken two decades to find the bodies and make an arrest.”
As they should, “courts demand solid evidence of such a crime prior to prosecution,” the OSBI stated.
Beverly Noe, who lives in Bristow, was arrested Friday morning during a traffic stop about a mile west of Drumright.
The brother, Grover Prewitt Jr., 61, of Bristow, was charged last year with being an accessory to first-degree murder. His felony case is pending.
Prosecutors allege he acted illegally by helping family members avoid prosecution. He once owned the property where the remains were found.
He claims his mother told him in 1992 to fill up a hole on the property that had been dug for a septic tank, an OSBI agent reported in a court affidavit filed Friday.
He claims he asked why, and his mother told him, “Because there’s a couple of dead bodies in there,” the agent reported.
The agent reported Beverly Noe talked with her brother about guns last April at a casino after the bodies were found.
“Grover was certain Beverly said, ‘I’m the one that used the .357,’” agent Marty Wilson reported. “Beverly did not say anything to Grover about who or what she was talking about, but it was his impression she was referring to the murders.”
In another conversation about guns, Beverly Noe said to her brother that their mother “threw ’em all in there,” the agent reported.
In that conversation, Beverly Noe also said about her mother, “I told her before, more than one time, ‘Loose lips sink ships, momma. Shut your damn mouth,’” the agent reported.
The agent reported Beverly Noe had the conversation about confessing her sins with her ex-husband before the remains were found. Beverly Noe is on probation for arson.
Creek County District Attorney Max Cook filed the charge three weeks after the medical examiner released reports that found all three deaths were homicides.
Camp died from gunshot and sharp force injuries, Kregear died from gunshot wounds to the torso and the girl died from “homicidal violence by unspecified means,” according to the reports.
The remains were not officially identified until January.
Also recovered from the burial site was a Ruger .357-caliber revolver and two knives, records show.
Beverly Noe was long suspected in the disappearances because she had been the last person known to have seen them alive.
She drove the victims from Oklahoma City to Shamrock on May 29, 1992, so Camp could see her son.
She told the OSBI she dropped them off in Chandler on the way back because Camp kept making nasty remarks. Investigators didn’t believe her, particularly since no one in Chandler saw anybody matching their descriptions.
Beverly Noe has stuck to her account over the years. She told The Oklahoman last April, “I dropped them off at the Walmart in Chandler, like I said I did.”
Camp’s sister, Aisha Hashmi, questioned Friday why it took so long to charge Beverly Noe.
“This should have been done the day they found them. There was no reason to wait,” said Hashmi, who lives in Texas. “The wheels of justice are finally starting to turn.”
Hashmi believes others were involved and should be charged, too.