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A W.VA. couple are convicted in the death of a Winchester resident

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

A couple from Hedgesville were convicted by a Berkeley County grand jury in the death of a Winchester resident.

John Beavers and Ariel Akers both of Hedgesville delivered a controlled substance resulting in the death of a Winchester resident according to the Journal.

The couple were convicted by the grand jury on February 23.

Beavers contacted Akers by social media about purchasing fentanyl capsules and having them delivered to the Pikeside Motel outside of Martinsburg.

Amber Owens of Winchester arrived and was given the fentanyl and died of an overdose.

West Virginia State Police arrived on the scene on March 6, 2023 and pronounced the 36-year-old Owens deceased at the scene.

An autopsy confirmed that Owens died of an overdose of the drug.

Beavers and Akers will be facing a possible 15 years at sentencing.

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