BOSTON, Sept. 27, 2013—A Dorchester woman already charged with drug offenses is now facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of 73-year-old Winston Fields inside his Washington Street apartment last month, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ANGELIEA BROWN (D.O.B. 8/15/80) was arraigned in Roxbury District Court today on one count of murder. Judge Pamela Dashiell granted a request by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman that Brown be held without bail.
According to prosecutors, Brown was captured on surveillance video entering Fields’ Washington Street apartment on Aug. 8. The footage shows her exit the building early in the morning and then return during the course of the day and remained there until Aug. 9, prosecutors said. It is believed that Brown and Fields used drugs inside the apartment, prosecutors said.
Surveillance images show Brown leaving the apartment carrying a purse between 4:20 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. on Aug. 9 – the last day Fields was seen alive. The motive for his slaying remains under investigation, prosecutors said.
In addition to today’s charge, Brown has been held on $300 bail since her arrest for possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute in a school or park zone, possession of a Class B substance, conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws, and trespassing on Aug. 11.
On that date, prosecutors say, Brown was arrested by Boston Police officers who responded to the Madison Park and O’Bryant high schools to investigate an alarm that had been set off at the location.
Police found Brown sitting on the stairs of the school complex’s gymnasium. Between them on the stairs was the same red purse that Brown carried as she left Fields’ apartment, prosecutors said. Officers found that the purse contained several plastic bags of heroin, a box of sandwich baggies, and two cans of Natural Ice beer, prosecutors said.
Prior to a search of her person, Brown allegedly produced three small baggies of heroin, a Suboxone pill, a baggie containing pill fragments believed to be Amphetamine, and several empty clear plastic bags – all of which she handed to police, prosecutors said.
On Aug. 14, three days after Brown’s arrest, Fields’ body was discovered with 12 stab wounds to the neck and head. Boston Police criminalists discovered Fields’ blood on personal property found on Brown at the time of her arrest.
Brown is represented by attorney Jim Budreau. She is expected to return to court on Oct. 24.
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