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Weapons Trial To Start For Man In Kids Canal Death Case

WEST PALM BEACH (CBS4)--- New court documents reveal a man suspected of killing two children also confessed to killing the children's mother.

Clem Beauchamp will go on trial this week for an unrelated weapons charge. He is also suspected in the death of Felicia Brown, whose body was discovered in a dump last summer. Brown was his on-and-off girlfriend and was also the mother of the two children.

According to the Sun Sentinel, new information revealed that someone in his home did computer searches on life insurance for kids.

As part of the gun case, authorities seized two computers from Beauchamp's home, the Sentinel reported A forensic examination of the hard drives shows someone searched online topics concerning life and burial insurance for children in December 2009, according to newly public court records.

But prosecutors say they don't plan to bring that information up during the gun trial.

The forensic computer evidence is key to the prosecution because it also shows someone at Beauchamp's residence searched the Internet for information on building homemade gun silencers, according to the Sentinel.

Beauchamp has been in federal jail without bond for illegally possessing a handgun and homemade silencer allowing authorities to build their case in the children's death. Their bodies were found in March stuffed in luggage in a canal.

Brown disappeared just after agreeing to cooperate against Beauchamp in the gun case and to meet with a federal agent. According to court documents filed Friday, Beauchamp confessed to another detainee after his arrest.

A judge ruled Friday that prosecutors can play a secretly recorded conversation of Brown admitting she bought the gun for Beauchamp.

Federal prosecutors said in court documents filed Friday that they can prove Beauchamp killed Brown, if need be.

Beauchamp also reportedly confessed to another detainee after his arrest.

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