Man ac­cused of mur­der held with­out bond

Pierce’s trial set for March

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JESSI STICKEL jstickel@somd­

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.

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