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Husband of woman found in cooler yells in Johnson County court

Escorted out after outburst
Posted at 6:04 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 19:04:38-04

OLATHE, Kan. — Justin Rey was escorted out of Johnson County court Thursday after repeated outbursts. 

Police found Rey staying in a storage unit with two children and human remains on October 24. 

Rey said he would represent himself, but then said he’d need a court-appointed attorney. 

The judge told Rey, “You’re allowed to represent yourself, but we’re not set for evidence today.” 

Rey responded, “Yeah, that’s understandable, but under the fact of the matter of the case, you’re putting me under a million-dollar hold in a case that has nothing to do with, and you can’t legally put a million-dollar hold on a type of case like this.” 

Over and over, Rey accused police officers of kidnapping his children and told the judge his rights are being violated.

Rey is accused of child endangerment after police found him living in a Lenexa U-Haul storage unit with his newborn and toddler. 

A woman’s remains were also found in the unit inside a cooler. Police haven’t identified her, but family said she is Rey’s wife, Jessica Monteiro Rey. 

Rey told witnesses his wife died in childbirth, but later told police she committed suicide after she had their baby. 

On Thursday, he told the judge he didn’t commit a crime. 

“That’s enough,” the judge warned. 

“I don’t care if it’s enough, because I have my children out there that their mother just killed theirself, and you guys have kidnapped my children, our children from their father,” Rey yelled. 

The judge warned Rey again to stop talking. 

“I’m not going to stop talking because I have rights, too! And you’re not letting any of my rights, marital rights, parental rights, none of this. Your officers lied and said I was staying in a storage unit, which is not true,” Rey continued.

Court documents say Rey, his wife, and their toddler were staying at a Kansas City, Missouri hotel while she was still pregnant. The last time anyone ever saw her was a few days before police discovered the remains. 

The documents say surveillance video at the hotel shows Rey walking through the hotel with a stroller and the toddler, pulling a red cooler behind him. He checked out of the room on October 23. 

Monteiro Rey’s family said when detectives called to ID the remains, they said her body was not “intact.”  

Rey’s next court appearance is set for November 8.