A West Virginia woman charged as an accessory after the fact in a March 6 slaying in her apartment was in Washington County District Court for a preliminary hearing Thursday on drug charges in Maryland.
District Judge Mark D. Thomas found probable cause to forward charges against Ashley Nicole Carpegna to Washington County Circuit Court. Carpegna, 26, of Martinsburg, is charged in Maryland with two counts each of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.
Carpegna was arrested March 8 by Washington County Narcotics Task Force agents in Hagerstown with Jonathan Frederick Bennett, 39, of Charlottesville, Va. Two days earlier, Geronimo Garcia-Cruz was found dead from a gunshot wound in a stairwell of Carpegna’s apartment building.
Bennett is charged with murder in the slaying of Garcia-Cruz, 26, of Winchester, Va., whom police said met Carpegna at the strip club where she worked and went to her apartment.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department alleges Bennett shot Garcia-Cruz in Carpegna’s apartment.
Bennett had his preliminary hearing on the Washington County drug charges last month and waived extradition to West Virginia on murder charges.
The Washington County Narcotics Task Force alleges that Bennett sold an informant $200 worth of crack cocaine and heroin, according to the charging document. Powder and crack cocaine, and 45 packets of heroin were found in the pickup truck Bennett and Carpegna were driving that night.
Carpegna is free on bond in both states. Her case is pending in West Virginia, the Berkeley County Prosecutor’s Office said.
W.Va. woman arrested in slaying in court on drug charges
Ashley Nicole Carpegna