Woman indicted in area heroin overdose case

A Warren County grand jury indicted a Gore woman Monday on three counts stemming from a man’s fatal heroin overdose in June.

The defendant, Betty Arlene Chapman, is charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, cruelty or injury to a child and possession of heroin.

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp set a bail hearing for 9 a.m. March 17. In the meantime, Hupp ordered Chapman to the custody of the Sheriff’s Office after setting a bail of $10,000 secured bond, which could be revoked at the March 17 hearing.

Chapman also has a separate charge of distribution of oxymorphone pending from an alleged offense committed in 2012.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming told Hupp that Chapman, a pregnant 17-year-old girl and two other people went to Washington, D.C., on June 20 and brought back some heroin, which they consumed in Front Royal.

The 17-year-old girl, who was pregnant at the time, gave some of the heroin to a male companion.

“On the day of the next morning, he died,” Fleming said of the victim.

Chapman’s prior court record also includes charges of felony failure to stop at the scene of an accident and misdemeanor assault, both of which were later dropped by the prosecution.

She was also convicted in December of driving a vehicle on a revoked or suspended license and sentenced to one year unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com