In­dian Head man faces 127 years for mur­der

Pierce con­victed after 6-day trial

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By DEJA ROSS dross@somd­

Brian Dou­glas Pierce, 36, of In­dian Head is fac­ing up to 127 years in prison for shoot­ing two vic­tims, crit­i­cally in­jur­ing one and killing the other.

On Mon­day, Charles County State’s At­tor­ney Tony Cov­ing­ton (D) an­nounced that after a six­day trial, a Charles County jury con­victed Pierce of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, first-de­gree as­sault and pos­ses­sion of co­caine.

On Sept. 4, 2017, fol­low­ing a drug-re­lated dis­pute with one of the vic­tims, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found Pierce

went to his fa­ther’s res­i­dence near his home on Port To­bacco Road to re­trieve a gun. When he ar­rived, his fa­ther and brother were there and re­fused to give him a firearm. Pierce then went to his home and got his shot­gun.

Once in pos­ses­sion of his firearm, he be­gan look­ing for the two men, who hap­pened to be out­side of his res­i­dence where he cau­tioned them to leave. One of the men laughed and Pierce fired twice, shoot­ing both of the vic­tims once. The two men ran for their lives.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they found the two vic­tims in the back­yard of a res­i­dence, ap­prox­i­mately 800 feet from the scene of

the shoot­ing. One of the vic­tims, fa­tally shot in his arm and lung, was able to iden­tify Pierce to au­thor­i­ties be­fore he died on the scene, while the other was car­ried via he­li­copter to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal to tend to his back wounds from the shoot­ing.

Pierce drove around look­ing for the two vic­tims after shoot­ing them but was un­able to find them and drove to Friend­ship Park where he aban­doned his ve­hi­cle. Mary­land State Po­lice, Vir­ginia State Po­lice and other agen­cies as­sisted Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies search the area for Pierce, but were only able to find his ve­hi­cle.

Pierce turned him­self in to the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice on Sept. 5, 2017. His sen­tenc­ing date is set for Nov. 29.

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