Second warrant in heroin death of local woman

Posted: March 29, 2014

The Winchester Star

Scott Pierce

WINCHESTER — The investigation continues into the heroin overdose death of a 49-year-old Frederick County woman.

Rita Livermore’s body was discovered just before 7 a.m. on March 20 at a residence in the 100 block of Easter Ridge Lane in Frederick County.

On Thursday, a second search warrant in the case was filed in Winchester Circuit Court.

The first warrant, filed earlier in the week, implicated Brandy Dawn Kelly, 35, in the drug-related death after the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force reviewed Livermore’s text messages and discovered that she had been conversing with Kelly about a drug sale/purchase.

The Thursday warrant states that Kelly, “who confessed to distributing heroin” to Livermore, said Scott Pierce, 43, supplied her with the heroin she provided to Livermore.

On Tuesday, the Task Force conducted an interview with Pierce and he allegedly admitted to being a drug user and to traveling to Baltimore to purchase heroin and bring it back to Winchester for redistribution.

He told investigators that they could obtain his cellphone from a family member and look up information about drug transactions, according to the warrant.

However, a day later, when investigators approached the family member about the phone, she told them that Pierce had told her to destroy it.

She allegedly told police that she deleted the data, but still had the phone.

The warrant was filed for access to the phone.

Pierce is being held in the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, along with Kelly.

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