A woman in Bennington, Vermont named Kristen Long recently died in December of 2016 from a heroin overdose. Her boyfriend is being charged as an accessory to her death and Emily Welsh, sister of the victim is in custody without bail pending a hearing for selling her sister the heroin that delivered the fatality.
Richard W. Muir III, of North Pownal was released on $10,000 bail with a $1,000 deposit after pleading not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division to a felony count of accessory after the fact. He may also not live outside of Bennington County with the exception to seek drug addiction treatment in Brattleboro.
Richard Muir, who called 911 after he discovered Long was unresponsive is also not allowed to have any contact with Emily Welch (28 years old) of Bennington. She recently pleased not guilty in the same court to a felony count of selling / dispensing a regulated drug with a death resulting, heroin sale or delivery and heroin possession.
Emily Welsh is being accused of selling the fatal heroin to her sister Kristen Long, who was 35 on December 13, the day she died. Welsh is being held without bail pending a hearing to determine whether she can be released and under what conditions.
Boyfriend Richard Muir told the police that he and his girlfriend Kristin Long met her dealer in a Bennington parking lot and bought 12 bags of heroin which they both split. Muir stated that he watched long sleep until 5am and saw no signs of an actual heroin overdose. Later that afternoon, when a friend stopped by, Muir discovered Long was unresponsive.
Muir’s cell phone records showed that he was discussing buying heroin from Welch during hours he previously told the police he was sleeping. He also told the police that he didn’t know the heroin dealer and gave very little details about the actual purchase. Emily Welch was arrested four days after her sister’s death in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she was in possession of over 400 bags of heroin all stamped “Smoking Aces”, which matched the partial description of the heroin bags Muir provided.
Detective Larry Cole reports in an affidavit that text messages sent between Muir and Long between December 13 at 12:02pm and 3:42pm were discussing the purchase of $130 worth of heroin or 11 bags. During the conversation, Welch asked Muir if he has Narcan (naloxone), a drug used to reverse opioid and heroin overdoses. This suggests that Welch knew that the heroin she was selling to Long and Muir could cause overdose and death.
Muir and Welch had apparently told the police that they’ve used Narcan on Long multiple times previously when she’s overdosed. At 3:42pm, Welch sent a text to Muir that stated “Don’t ever ask me for (Expletive) again. I told U it (Sic).”. Detective Cole said he believes that Long was likely dead or close to it at that time. Long’s body was still warn when he arrived at 4:27pm.
Muir was arrested shortly after 10am. He did not speak to the police by his own choice.
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