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W.Va. man and woman accused in heroin death

May 17, 2001

W.Va. man and woman accused in heroin death



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


A Berkeley County, W.Va., man and woman were indicted Wednesday in connection with the January death of a man who had been injected with heroin at least seven times, said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.

Jason Scott Gettel, 29, was found dead in the back seat of a car parked along Vanclevesville Road around Jan. 30, Games-Neely said.

She said she was unsure of the exact date.

A Berkeley County grand jury indicted Kyra L. Heleine, 19, of 311 Melrose Drive in Falling Waters, and Roger L. Bowers Jr., 20, of Route 4, Hedgesville, in Gettel's death, Games-Neely said.

Games-Neely said the public had not been informed about the death previously because it was an "unusual scenario." Games-Neely said she wanted police to investigate before releasing information.

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Heleine was indicted on charges of felony murder and delivery of a controlled substance, Games-Neely said. Bowers was indicted on charges of aiding and abetting felony murder, delivery of a controlled substance and aiding and abetting delivery of a controlled substance, she said.

Heleine and Bowers were not in custody Wednesday, and police were looking for them, Games-Neely said.

West Virginia State Police found Gettel's body in the back seat of a red Chevrolet Cavalier parked near the intersection of Vanclevesville and Needy roads, Games-Neely said.

The intersection is near the community of Blairton, which is east of Martinsburg along W.Va. 45.

An investigation revealed that Gettel and other people had gone to a house to buy drugs, Games-Neely said. At some point, heroin was injected into Gettel's arm at least seven times, she alleged.

It was not clear where Gettel died, she said.

"We know soon after the injection the car was discovered," Games-Neely said.

The indictments reflect the fact that Gettel was injected with an illegal drug, Games-Neely said. Murder-related charges can be filed in such cases even though a drug-related death may be accidental, she said.

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