December 15, 2013
A Carroll County woman has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the October 9 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier in Pipers Gap.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Whitney Lee Isom, 28, of Carroll County, turned herself in to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. She was indicted by a Carroll County Grand Jury on Dec. 9 for second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Those indictments were sealed until Carroll authorities could make an arrest. Gardner said members of his department began looking for Isom on Friday and she turned herself in the following night. She is currently being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond until a bond hearing can be held, Gardner said.
On October 9 at 8:55 p.m., deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to what was called in as an accidental shooting at 70 Rippey Hollow Road, located in the Pipers Gap community in Carroll County. Responding deputies found Frazier, 29, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
Investigators from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Special Agents of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations worked the crime scene. Gardner said a 9 mm handgun was recovered from the scene.
Evidence taken from the scene was sent to the State Forensic Lab in Roanoke for further analysis. Frazier was also taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke for autopsy, as required by state law.
Gardner said his department is still awaiting some results from the forensic lab. At the time of the shooting, Gardner said his department was trying to determine if the shooting was accidental or not. Obviously, something developed in the case that led to the charges, but Gardner said he could not comment on what that might be since the case is still under investigation.
“I can’t comment on that right now since it is an ongoing case. We are still waiting on a lot of stuff back from the lab, it was just the way the case progressed,” Gardner said of why charges were now filed. “After a period of time, the best way to proceed is to go straight to the grand jury. We were waiting for the grand jury to meet and it was time to proceed.”