Prosecutors on Thursday identified lab tests, fingerprint reports and detectives’ notes as part of the evidence they expect to use in building a case against 33-year-old Angeliea Brown, who is accused of killing 73-year-old Winston Fields last summer.
The evidence was listed in a discovery notice filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Jan. 30. Authorities allege Brown stabbed Fields to death in his Roxbury apartment last August, according to a police statement.
The latest court filing is another step in the trial process, and it gives some indication about what evidence might be significant when attorneys argue the case.
In previous court filings, prosecutors said they would also use surveillance images and witness testimony to attempt to tie Brown, of Dorchester, to the crime.
Police found Fields’ body in his apartment on Aug. 14, 2013, court records show.
Fields lived on the sixth floor of an apartment building for the elderly at 2311 Washington St., according to court records. Prosecutors believe Brown and Fields previously used drugs in the apartment, according to a statement from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. They also said Brown’s image was recorded by surveillance cameras around Fields’ apartment on Aug. 9.
Brown’s next scheduled pretrial hearing is April 29. According to a case docket, Brown’s trial is expected to begin in November.
See a press release from the Suffolk County district attorney’s office below:
Drug Suspect Charged in 73-Year-Old’s Fatal Stabbing
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.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
See a press release from the Boston Police Department below:
ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR SUSPECT IN CONNECTION WITH AUGUST HOMICIDE
September 26, 2013
Suspect in Custody on Unrelated Charges
On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, Suffolk County District Attorney prosecutors and Boston Police homicide detectives charged Angeliea Brown, 33, of Dorchester with Murder in the August 14th stabbing death of Winston Fields, 73, of Roxbury.
As the result of an extensive investigation and community cooperation, detectives were able to identify Angeliea Brown as the individual responsible for Mr. Fields death. Angeliea Brown is currently incarcerated at the South Bay House of Correction on charges unrelated to this stabbing incident.
The facts of the homicide are as follows:
At about 2:37 PM, Wednesday, August 14, 2013, officers from District 2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a Sudden Death at 2311 Washington Street.
On arrival, officers located an elderly male victim. EMS responded and pronounced the victim deceased. The cause of death has been ruled as Homicide as a result of a stabbing.
The victim has been identified as Winston Fields, 73, of Roxbury.
Homicide detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call detectives at (617) 343-4470.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.
A copy of Brown’s indictment has been added below.