Two arraigned in Martinsburg man's death

May 22, 2001

Two arraigned in Martinsburg man's death

By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


Kyra Heleine, above, and Roger Bowers, below.Bowers

A man and woman indicted last week in connection with a heroin-related death were arraigned in Berkeley County Circuit Court Monday afternoon.

Both Kyra L. Heleine, 19, of 311 Montrose Drive in Falling Waters, and Roger L. Bowers Jr., 20, of Route 4, Hedgesville, entered not guilty pleas during their arraignments before Judge David Sanders.

Attorneys for the defendants asked Sanders to set bond for both, but Sanders said he would not consider bond until a later date.


Heleine was indicted on charges of felony murder and delivery of a controlled substance. 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.

Heleine and Bowers were indicted following a January incident in which a man was injected with heroin between six and seven times, according to state police.

The victim, Jason Scott Gettel, 29, was found dead in the back seat of a car parked along Vancleavesville Road about Jan. 30, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said.

Craig Manford, the attorney for Heleine, said Heleine was a good student while she was attending Hedgesville High School. The only trouble Manford could recount involving Heleine was when she paid a $100 battery fine, which stemmed from an argument she had with a girl.

Kevin Mills, the attorney for Bowers, called the case a "really unique theory of prosecution."Mills said Bowers made two calls to 911 when the incident occurred.

"Yet, he's still alleged to be some kind of accomplice," Mills told Sanders.

Mills told Sanders he wants 911 tapes preserved from last Jan. 30 and 31, the dates around the time of the death.

A trial date of Oct. 2 was set for Heleine. An Oct. 23 trial date was set for Bowers.

An investigation revealed that Gettel and other people had been at a house to buy drugs before he died, Games-Neely has alleged.

People who had been at the house gave statements to police saying that Gettel purchased $20 worth of heroin at the house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Two men at the house gave statements saying Heleine injected Gettel with heroin six or seven times, according to allegations in the criminal complaint.

Gettel began "turning purple" and one man in the house said Gettel had to be removed from the house because he was dying, the criminal complaint alleges.

Gettel was then pushed into the back seat of a car, the complaint says.

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