Drug death case bound for court
Bedford man faces charges in death of woman, unborn child
BEDFORD — A judge sent a drug delivery resulting in death charge against a Bedford man on to county court Wednesday.
The defendant, Charles Andrew Roberson, 20, of 135 East Penn St., Bedford, reportedly delivered heroin to a pregnant woman who overdosed.
Roberson allegedly admitted to selling heroin to 21-year-old Janea Marie Burns, who was about 17 weeks pregnant, last October in Saxton, according to state police.
Trooper Corey Ickes said at Wednesday’s preliminary hearing that Roberson admitted to selling drugs to Burns at the Knight’s Bar and Club parking lot, but reportedly told Ickes the heroin belonged to Shykwon Tywan Knight. Roberson allegedly told Ickes that he gave the $120 he received from Burns to Knight and that he didn’t realize there was fentanyl in the heroin.
Roberson’s defense attorney, Michael Filia, asked Magisterial District Judge Tonya Osman to dismiss the drug delivery resulting in death charge, arguing Roberson had no idea what was in the drug and thought he was selling something else to Burns.
Bedford County Assistant District Attorney Dwight Diehl urged Osman to keep all the charges, arguing that both Burns and her fetus died from a drug overdose. Diehl further pointed out that, while the drugs might have belonged to Knight, it was Roberson who personally delivered the drugs and received money in exchange.
Osman kept all the charges against Roberson and transferred the case to Common Pleas Court. Roberson faces charges of drug possession, second-degree murder of unborn child, drug delivery resulting in death, possession of controlled substances and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Roberson is housed at Bedford County Jail without bail.
Toxicology results from Burns revealed fatal concentrations of fentanyl in both her blood and urine, according to a police criminal complaint.
Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.