Indian Head Man Faces 127 Years in Prison for Murder Over a Drug Debt

September 26, 2018
Brian Douglas Pierce, 36, of Indian Head

Brian Douglas Pierce, 36, of Indian Head

On Monday, September 24, 2018, a Charles County jury, after a 6-day trial, convicted Brian Douglas Pierce, 36, of Indian Head, of the Second-Degree Murder of Robert Branson, First Degree Assault of Karwin Carroll, Possession of Cocaine, and related charges.

On September 4, 2017, officers responded to the 6000 block of Port Tobacco Road in Indian Head for the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located Branson and Carroll in the backyard of a residence approximately 800 feet from the scene of the shooting. Both men were suffering from gunshot wounds. Branson suffered gunshot wounds to his arm and lung, which proved fatal; however, before succumbing to his injuries, he identified Pierce as the shooter. Carroll, who was shot in the back, fortunately survived his injuries after being flown to a hospital in serious condition.

An investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, Pierce and Branson were engaged in a dispute regarding a drug debt. Following the dispute, Pierce went to his father’s residence located near his home on Port Tobacco Road to retrieve a firearm. His brother and father, who were present at the property, refused to give him a gun. Pierce returned to his own residence and retrieved a shotgun located within the house. He then began looking for Branson and Carroll, who were standing outside of the residence. Pierce told the men to leave and Carroll laughed. Pierce then fired the shotgun twice striking each victim once. Branson and Carroll ran for their lives.

At that point, Pierce got into his vehicle to go after Branson, but was unable to locate him. He then fled to Friendship Park where he abandoned his vehicle.

With the assistance of Maryland State Police, Virginia State Police, and other agencies, Charles County Sheriff’s Officers canvassed the area where his vehicle was located but did not locate Pierce.

Pierce turned himself in to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office on September 5, 2017.

A sentencing date has been set for November 29, 2018. Pierce faces up to 127 years in prison.

Brian Douglas Pierce, 36, of Indian Head

Brian Douglas Pierce, 36, of Indian Head

27 Responses to Indian Head Man Faces 127 Years in Prison for Murder Over a Drug Debt

  1. Anonymous on September 26, 2018 at 10:19 am


  2. Catch N Release Justice on September 26, 2018 at 10:38 am

    127 years? – ha ha.

    He will be paroled after 10.

  3. Welp on September 26, 2018 at 11:03 am

    See, nothing bad happens from drug use… oh wait. Aside from the fact that this dude is 36 and looks 56, people end up dead

    • Qyane on September 26, 2018 at 7:41 pm

      He’s still alive

      • Duh on September 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm

        Hes going to jail for murdering someone who is still alive? Interesting development. Pretty sure he shot 2 people, and one of them is dead.

  4. Judicial Watch on September 26, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    That is some next level “get off my lawn”! Not to worry; if Honorable Amy gets hold of him, he’ll get time served.

  5. Tina on September 26, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I hope he gets every bit of the 127 years

    • Duh on September 27, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Could be worse – he could have received life!

      • Tammy on September 28, 2018 at 11:04 pm

        Yeap could of been worst , could of killed those 2 young innocent homeless teenage girls .

    • Tammy on September 30, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      You know that will never happened, because they made sure that Carroll carried some of his weight if not half of it….. SMH This whole case been wrong from day one. How you find drugs and guns on somebody property and put that charge on the victim that has been shot ???? It’s alot of loose ends to this case ,but they just do what they want especially in Charles County

  6. Anonymous on September 26, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    2 years for appeals then execute him. His life was deemed worthless when he decided to take a life over a few dollars. Institute the 2 years for appeals then immediate execution policy, perform a few executions, and watch the murder rate plummet.

  7. Scott on September 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Funny this is not what was said in court. Guess news can print what or how they want. Smfh

  8. ok but what about on September 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    With tj frantzen the burglar?

  9. Anonymous on September 26, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    He looks like that bc he was held hostage and beaten for weeks in his home. He was being intimidated and threatened for weeks. And what’s very sad is that he thought he was helping a friend out but Carroll is not a friend he’s scum and refused to testify for his friend who opened his home to him and his homeless daughter. The state didn’t want the jury to hear his taped confession proving that Branson was planning on killing him days bf. Why not? I’m sorry but regardless of what he was involved in if u come into my home actin a fool u gonna get what is comin to u. 2 families have been deeply affected for the rest of their lives bc of this and it’s sad. lets get ur facts straight before you report on a topic.

    • Ted Nugent on September 28, 2018 at 5:43 am

      Yes. I am sure that’s what happened.

      • DJ on September 29, 2018 at 11:28 am

        Ted, why can’t that be the case? Do you know what happened?

        • Ted Nugent on October 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

          A lot of holes in the OP statement. The state didn’t want the jury to hear the confession? There is a thing called “discovery.” The State cannot hold that info back from the defense and if his lawyer wanted the jury to hear it, they’d of heard it. Like I said, I’m sure that’s what happened.

  10. Malcolm X on September 27, 2018 at 5:54 am

    The best part is the one victim who is still alive refused to testify against the guy who nearly killed him. The street code is alive and well.

    • Anonymous on September 28, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Yeah that code is alive and well,it’s a dam shame it didn’t go both ways.

  11. Anonymous on September 28, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Praying for u b

  12. Tammy on September 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    What’s funny to me is that I went to Pierce residence the day before of the shooting to bring Carrol his 1 year old son to visit him and Pierce was sitting in his car behind his steering wheel with the keys in the car I got out and knocked on the door and Carrol came out of the housee. Pierce claimed he was being heldhostage he had opportunity to drive his car away at that time I’m just saying.It’s a lot of stories out here and no one out here can really say what happened Pierce going to testify and make it look like that he was being held hostage because he don’t want to get that time who wants to get time in jail especially for murder. the whole story is jacked up from the beginning everybody out here on the street is saying what they want to believe. I think Carroll, dumb he should have got on the stand and testified against Pierce but he’s supposed to be so much of a friend what type of friend shoots you??? Regardless if Carroll and his daughter had a place to stay or not Pierce invited Carroll into his home so he can help him to protect hisself because of the situation that Pierce put his self in . seem like all the people thats speaking up for Pierce is all the people he was selling to. Y’all need to go sniff some more lines and reevaluate the situation.

    • Anonymous on September 28, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Free B

  13. Tammy on September 30, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Free Carroll, and Branson may you rest in peace

  14. Anonymous on September 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Just for the record it is Tammy not Anonymous

  15. Tammy on September 30, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I get tired of keep hearing Pierce was a nice guy ,he may have been but that don’t cut it in today’s world! I am a nice person also but made mistakes in my life ,we all have .I had a man put his hands on me and choking me and I defended myself and stabbed that punk and I didn’t wait to go get a weapon or go back to the scene ,but guess what I served time in jail for that all that being a good person goes out the window. They should have got Pierce with premeditated murder.

  16. MAGA on September 30, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    This is what making America Great Again looks like

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