KEYSER, W.Va. — Four Keyser residents are charged with first degree murder in connection with the May overdose death of a Keyser woman.

On May 8, Police said Bobbie Blacka, 38, was found unresponsive in an apartment at the Keyser House public housing building on North Main Street. The state Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Blacka died from a heroin overdose.

Police have charged Daisy Stewart, 31, of Keyser, the tenant of the apartment Blacka was found in, Melissa Stewart, 22, also of Keyser, 21-year-old Christian Pierce of Maysville and John Davis III, 36, also of Keyser, with murder. They are all being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail without bail. They also have separate bonds related to drug charges.

In addition to the murder charges Pierce, Davis and Melissa Stewart have been charged with transporting heroin into West Virginia, Daisy Stewart is an accessory to that charge. All four have also been charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

According to Keyser Police, Pierce, Davis and Melissa Stewart traveled to Cumberland May 7 and purchased heroin which they brought back to Keyser. After returning to the Keyser House Davis took some of the heroin and left leaving the four women including Blacka at Daisy Stewart’s apartment. The women found Blacka unresponsive and lying on the floor of the bedroom around 1a.m. however EMS was not called to the residence until 6:48 a.m.

Blacka was pronounced dead at the scene.

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  • pat pierce

    Christian pierce is my niece I love her with all my heart I hope and pray she gets no time

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  • IRON HORSE

    I've known the blacka family for 60 years her grandparents uncles etc! & they have always been rif raf thieves drunks you name it they've done it! but not work welfare suckers dead beats so this death doesn't surprise me!!!

  • Sad...

    Heroin is getting bad around Keyser and Cumberland. Especially over in Piedmont.. lots of hard core stuff like pills, crack, and heroin.

    Didn't around 7 people or so get busted for hustling coke a few weeks ago in Keyser?

  • Hillbilly

    Keyser is just ate up with drugies . We need more to OD and get the attention of law enforcement . Drugs have ruined more young people in Keyser than I care to think about . Why doesn't Law Enforcement do their job ? I am sure it all just started with pot .

    • Sad...

      It isn't a pot issue. The issue is increased availability of these hard drugs which then leads to a price drop. I've seen articles where heroin goes for just $5 a high. Tempting for young people with a tight budget.

    • Hillbilly

      If Blacka had stayed in Antioch where she belonged she would still be alive .

  • northforkfisher

    Hopefully if the 1st degree murder charge sticks, more people will be scared to take the chance with drugs or at least selling them. I feel any dealer caught selling and has been proven to have caused a death should get murder 1. By doing this, more dealers would learn the fast money is not worth the prison time.

    • Jason412

      There are many drug charges with similar sentences to first degree murder, especially the Rockefeller drug laws in NY which frequently carry 25 to life sentences and have been in place since 1973, they've been called the most unsuccessful criminal justice strategy in history by both liberals and conservatives such as William F Buckley. Michigan has similar laws, and Huntington is a fine example the laws sure haven't discouraged people from selling drugs.

      • northforkfisher

        I know you right but it is wishful thinking. Only the honest criminals would abide by the laws.

  • BornInPburg

    It's called natural selection...

  • DWL

    I thought heroin usage was a disease according to "health professionals". I thought it could develop like cancers and other ailments. RIGHT!!!!!! Mysteriously they get injected with this garbage, the same way an alcoholic or drunk "just gets that way". The liberals then use your tax dollars to outfit the medic units in the state with narcan, the miracle drug, so they can continue "saving" these leeches on society. If they are dumb enough to inject it, snort it, or ingest it - LET THEM DIE from it. No different than the alcoholic that dies from ETOH poisoning or siroccos of the liver.

    The nice thing about this case - one dead addict and 4 soon to be convicts for life (as long as the juries have the least bit of mental capacity). The best sentence they should get is a forced OD of their own medicine, then leave their bodies for the vultures.

    • northforkfisher

      So rightly said.

    • concerned

      I couldn't agree more that they need to be procecuted to the fullest. One of them I my cousin who has been charged repeatedly for drug related offenses and has barely done any jail time. I believe she was on probation and faced 30 years before these charges. What is wrong with this state to have allowed her all these chances?

  • IRON HORSE

    SORRY I have no compassion for anyone stupid enough to touch or take any kind of drug!!! it shows not only stupidly but weakness! all states need to impose harsh & severe punishment for drug use or selling of!!! theses low life's need to fry!!!! not be kept locked up wasting space they will never change!!!

  • Jason412

    First degree murder? How is this premeditated or willful? I highly doubt they delivering the heroin with the intention of killing this woman. In most other states the charge is "drug delivery resulting in death" or involuntary manslaughter.

    Chances are if these people have a lawyer that knows anything they will beat a first degree murder charge, and probably end up doing no jail time because it will be next to impossible for a prosecutor to prove they sold her the heroin with the intention of killing her.

    Obviously, I think they should do prison time, and I think it's terrible that heroin is spreading here, but this doesn't sound like a good way to stop it.

    In a lot of states hard hit by heroin, they have "Good Samaritan" laws where if someone OD's and their friend calls for an ambulance and the OD victim survives the friend is not charged with a crime, as long as the friend didn't supply the heroin.

    In a state like WV, that's already been plagued by overdoses, charges like this will only encourage drug addicts to leave their overdosed friends for dead, instead of calling 911, so as not to risk jail time.

    What this absolutely wont accomplish, as proven by 40 years of the failure that is the war on drugs, is discourage anyone from selling heroin or other drugs.

    It would be nice if WV would actually be proactive on the heroin epidemic that is quickly spreading here and will soon be here to stay, but like everything else I guess we'll wait til it's to late to address and a lot of lives are lost.

    • Mike

      I believe they are using the clause where when a death occurs during the commission of a felony then 1st degree murder is the charge. In this case several felonies were committed leading up to this unfortunate death.

      • Jason412

        Mike,

        I had forgot about that, but I still think that leaves a hard case to prosecute. The way this is reported, the felonies committed occurred the day before the woman died, as she died at 1 a.m. If she had died on the way back from Cumberland while they were trafficking the drugs, or immediately after being sold the heroin, I could see that case being made.

        I'm not sure what time frames are used by prosecutor's to use the "in the commission of a felony" to charge first degree murder, but in my opinion, as someone who is not a lawyer, it sounds like a stretch.

        With the "drug delivery resulting in death" charge in other states, it is still a 20-40 year sentence, and seems a lot easier to prosecute. It is a charge that is frequently used successfully in Pennsylvania.

  • jaybo83

    Wow. Public Housing Tenants and drugs. Hard to believe. Too bad of their own had to die before these fools could get some jail time.