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Woman charged in heroin death

January 22, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

A Bunker Hill, W.Va., woman was charged Wednesday with providing heroin to a man who was found dead last week in a local motel, police said.

Nicole Lynn Kees, 20, of 345 Currency Drive, was charged with felony murder. She was being held Wednesday in Eastern Regional Jail without bail.

Kees was to appear in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing on charges of forgery and uttering. The felony murder arrest warrant was going to be served at that time.

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Kees' public defender, Deborah Lawson, said Kees last week had checked into a 28-day drug treatment program in Terra Alta, W.Va., but West Virginia State Police Trooper R.T. Dyroff said he called the facility and was told she had left.

Dyroff and Sgt. Russell Shackelford of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department began looking for Kees. After meeting with her bail bondsman at Shutz Market on W.Va. 51, they found her and took her into custody.

Police allege Kees gave heroin to Jashua Eugene Frocke, 18, on the night of Jan. 12. A medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Frocke's body determined that he died from the drug use, according to a criminal complaint filed with the arrest warrant.

A motel employee found Frocke's body in Room 22 of the Krista Lite Motel on Jan. 13.

During his investigation, Dyroff was told that four people, including Kees, had been with Frocke in the room the night before, he said.

Although Kees said she had stopped using heroin several days before, others alleged they saw her using and giving heroin to Frocke that night, Dyroff said.

One of the others, a 17-year-old boy, said he took Kees and Frocke to two banks, where Kees obtained $800. They then went to a home and, 20 to 30 minutes later, Kees came out and "seemed really doped up," according to allegations in the one-page criminal complaint.

The 17-year-old alleged that they then went to the motel, where Kees took out a bag that she said contained a gram of heroin. Kees gave half of the heroin to Frocke and both Frocke and Kees injected heroin several times throughout the night, the witness alleged in the complaint.

After Frocke coughed and gasped, the 17-year-old said he checked on Frocke and found he was still breathing. Kees then "nudges him with her foot then (said) oh my god he's dead," records allege.

A charge of felony murder means that someone died during the commission of a felony.

The same day Frocke's body was found, Kees was charged with two counts of forgery and uttering. The charges stem from allegations that she stole two checks, forged them and bought $807.34 worth of gift cards from Wal-Mart on Dec. 20, said Shackelford, who investigated that case.

After she bought the cards Kees returned them to Wal-Mart and used the money to buy drugs, records allege.

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