Sept. 28, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Chesterfield County Police have arrested a suspect in relation to the death of a woman in the 5100 block of Whetstone Road on May 24, 2019.
At about 9 a.m. on May 24, 2019, police and rescue personnel responded to a residence in the 5100 block of Whetstone Road for a report that a woman was in cardiac arrest. The woman, Melissa Pierce, 47, lived in the residence and was pronounced dead at the scene. Based on evidence at the scene, Pierce's body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
In September 2019, case detectives were notified that Pierce died as a result of neglect, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had found her manner of death to be homicide.
In September 2020, detectives obtained indictments for Davina R. Blackwell, 42, of the 5100 block of Whetstone Road, for felony murder and felony neglect in relation to Pierce's death. She was served with the indictments on Sept. 24, 2020, and is currently being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail.
The investigation into this case is ongoing. Anyone with any information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.
Photo: Davina R. Blackwell