Somerset man charged in deaths
Knight accused in drug deal that led to fatal overdose of woman, unborn child
A Somerset man faces multiple counts of conspiracy for allegedly carrying out a drug deal that led to the deaths of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Shykwon Knight, 21, of 902 Village Way, is accused of collaborating with Charles Roberson to deliver fentanyl-laced heroin to Janea Marie Burns, who was 17 weeks pregnant, last October. Burns and the unborn child died from a drug overdose, according to a police complaint.
Toxicology results revealed fatal concentrations of fentanyl in both her blood and urine.
Knight is charged with conspiracy in drug delivery, drug possession, second-degree murder of an unborn child, drug delivery resulting in death and recklessly endangering another person.
Police reportedly learned details about the drug deal through two witness interviews, a recorded jail phone call and an authorized search of Burns’ Facebook account. A witness allegedly told police the money and drug exchange occurred at Knight’s Bar and Club in Bedford, where Burns met Roberson to give him money for the heroin.
The witness also allegedly informed police that Burns admitted to purchasing something “dirty,” showing him baggies containing “black containers.” He told police he saw Burns give “Chuck” $120 and place the “dirt” in her bra, the police complaint states.
Roberson reportedly denied providing any heroin or drugs to Burns but admitted to meeting her at the bar parking lot and offering to sell her marijuana, which she declined.
He also admitted to taking her money and handing it to Knight, who reportedly “served” Burns, states the police complaint.
In a June interview with Roberson, he reportedly told police the heroin given to Burns was “not my dope.” Roberson allegedly admitted to giving Burns the drugs at the bar parking lot but claimed he got the drugs from Knight prior to the exchange.
Police interviewed another witness who said she was dating Knight and staying at his residence at the time of the incident.
The witness reportedly told police Roberson would “run drugs for Dwaine Morris and Knight” and “it would not be a surprise to her if Knight gave Roberson the drugs” sold to Burns. Morris is at Bedford County Jail and pleaded guilty to drug-related charges in April.
A police complaint also states the witness said Knight would set up drug deals through his Facebook page and that Knight was getting his drugs from Baltimore, where she would drive him.
The witness allegedly gave police a written statement that reads, “Shykwon sold his drugs to Chuck” (identified as Roberson by police) for money and that “he also knew that his heroin had fentanyl in it.”
Lab test results revealed oxycodone and heroin on a pen barrel and heroin and fentanyl on a folded paper found at the crime scene.
Knight is being held at Bedford County Jail without bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in front of Magisterial District Judge Kathy Calhoun.
Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.