HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Richard M. Pierce, the owner of the gun used in the murder of Lucia Bremer, was in court Thursday, according to Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor.
Pierce appeared in the Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Sept. 30, for one misdemeanor count of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in connection with a firearm. This was for the incident where a 14-year-old boy has been charged for the murder of Lucia.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney said the handgun belonged to Pierce and she added this charge is used if “a weapon is accessible in a manner inconsistent with responsible gun ownership.”
Taylor said she cannot reveal the relationship between the man and the minor because it could identify the 14-year-old.
The fatal shooting took place on March 26. A source told 8News Bremer and another young girl were walking on a path in the Gayton Forest West subdivision as the shooter followed them closely from behind.
The same source said when the suspect approached the girls, Bremer’s friend pushed the gunman back and ran to a nearby house, yelling “gun! gun!” “Less than a second later,” the source said Bremer was shot several times.
On March 27, the 14-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm of a juvenile.
Last month, a judge found probable cause for the Commonwealth’s Attorney to prosecute a 14-year-old suspect for the murder of Lucia Bremer during an evidentiary hearing. The minor’s transfer hearing is on Nov. 22.
Pierce is scheduled to reappear in court on Nov. 1, at 1 p.m.