Man accused of murder held without bond
Pierce’s trial set for March
An Ironsides man charged with murder was denied bond Wednesday, after he allegedly shot two men — killing one — at his home in September.
Brian Douglas Pierce, 35, has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment, four counts of using a firearm to commit a felony and two counts of rifle/shotgun possession with a felony conviction.
In Charles County Cir-
cuit Court, Judge William Greer ordered Pierce be held without bond due to his potential endangerment to the community.
Greer said that because of Pierce’s previous record of firearm charges, he believes that he is a danger to the community.
On Sept. 4, in Pierce’s home on the 6000 block of Port Tobacco Road in Nanjemoy, he allegedly shot Robert Tywaughn Branson, 39, and Karwin M. Carroll, 42, both of Indian Head. Branson was pronounced dead on the scene and Carroll was transported to the hospital and survived.
An officer on the scene talked to Branson before he died and Branson identified Pierce as his shooter, according to court documents.
The two adult males had come to Pierce’s home at that location and were then allegedly involved in an argument, possibly over money, which led to Pierce allegedly pulling out a gun and shooting at the victims, striking both of them, said Diane Richardson, CCSO public information officer.
Witnesses told police that they saw Pierce shoot two men in the driveway of his home with a shotgun.
In court Wednesday, Pierce’s attorney, Thomas Mooney, argued that Pierce would not be a threat to society if he were released.
Mooney told the court that Pierce needs higher medical attention than the jail can provide. He said Pierce came into jail with a broken nose and has a laceration on his face. Mooney said that Pierce is in need of surgery, which his family could provide the funds for.
He also told the court that Pierce has a job lined up per his release.
Mooney argued that Pierce turning himself in to the police after fleeing the scene of the murder within 12 hours showed that he is not a danger to others.
Assistant State’s Attorney Johnathan Beattie argued that not only does Pierce have a record with drugs, he also has a record of possessing firearms illegally. Beattie said although Pierce has no history of violence, the state believes that he is a danger to the community.
Beattie said that not only did Pierce flee the scene of the murder, but he also dumped the murder weapon, which is destroying evidence.
Beattie also told the court that Pierce has allegedly threatened the surviving victim.
“For all those reasons, the state would ask he be held without bond,” Beattie told the court.
As of Oct. 11, Pierce’s trial is set for March 12, 2018.