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Woman charged with murder in Frazier shooting

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Indictments unsealed by the Carroll Circuit Court on Monday confirm that two charges have been filed against a 28-year-old Pipers Gap woman in the October shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.

 

The deceased had a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be fired from relatively close range, authorities said after their initial investigation. Deputies responded to a home at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap after a report of an accidental shooting there.

When the grand jury met Dec. 9, it issued two indictments against Whitney Lee Isom — second-degree murder and use of a firearm. Those indictments were sealed by the court until arrests warrants could be served, a common procedure.

Deputies served the court papers on Dec. 13 and Isom turned herself in on Dec. 14.

(An indictment is a formal charge by the circuit court, not a finding of guilt.)

Isom was booked in the New River Valley Regional Jail on Saturday, awaiting an initial court hearing.

Deputies looked into the possibility of a physical confrontation between Frazier and Isom at the door of the home at 70 Rippey Hollow Road, when the gun went off, according to authorities in October.

Authorities recovered a 9 mm handgun at the scene.

Isom tried to administer first aid to Frazier at the time of the incident. Deputies say she cooperated with the investigation.

Deputies with the aid of Virginia State Police investigators collected evidence to take to the forensic crime lab in Roanoke.

An autopsy was performed at the state medical examiner's office in Roanoke.