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Woman charged with murder in fatal heroin overdose


Officials: Male victim found dead on July 22 at America's Best Value Inn

A Winchester grand jury Tuesday indicted a city woman on second degree murder in the fatal heroin overdose of a man found dead in a hotel on July 22.

Winchester police spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said Kimberly Mercer, 49, is being sought on a related arrest warrant and remained at large as of Tuesday afternoon.

Cummings said Winchester police fielded a call at 8:43 a.m. reporting a dead body at America's Best Value Inn at 1347 Berryville Ave. They arrived at the hotel and found the lifeless victim, identified as Richard Kuit, 50, according to Cummings.

Cummings said a subsequent toxicology report and police investigation concluded that Kuit died from an overdose of heroin supplied to him by Mercer.

Mercer was also indicted on a charge of distributing of heroin.


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