A St. Paul man has been charged with third-degree murder for allegedly selling heroin and fentanyl to a woman who died of an overdose at the Roseville Motel in 2019.
Brett Ryan Lott, 31, was indicted in Ramsey County District Court on Friday. According to last week’s criminal complaint, he was arrested Thursday in St. Paul on a 2018 felony warrant with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections relating to a conviction for the manufacture/distribution of heroin.
Two guns and suspected fentanyl have been recovered from the spot where Lott was arrested, the complaint said.
Officers responded to a welfare check call in a room at Motel 6 around 10:30 a.m. on November 2, 2019. A 27-year-old woman was found dead in bed.
Officers learned that Lott had rented a motel room, and the staff recalled seeing him the previous day.
Lott sent the woman a Facebook message on October 31 around 1:30 p.m. saying she had a “straight bomb,” the complaint read. The two exchanged messages about pricing and meeting at the motel.
At 12:25 p.m. on November 1, the woman identified in the complaint as ZB sent Lott a photo of the two of them together at the motel. Around 8:30 a.m. on November 2, Lott sent his message, which read, “Are you still in the room?”
Lott’s mother told investigators that she had spoken to him on November 1 and that he had been using drugs with a woman in a car near the motel. Lott said the woman was not snoring when she next woke up and her lips were turning blue, the complaint said.
When Lott’s mother asked him to call the police, he said that several times the woman was already dead and that he was afraid to do so because they were doing drugs together and had a warrant for his arrest, the complaint said. Is charged.
“Lott told his mother that he had only spent $9 on drugs and that a small amount could not have killed a person,” the complaint reads.
After his arrest, Lott told an investigator that he had left the motel room and found her dead when he returned. He said he fled because of his warrant and admitted that he used and sold drugs, but refused to provide ZB with the drugs that led to his death, the complaint said.
An autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office concluded that she died of opium poisoning and had fentanyl and morphine in her system.
Lott remained in the Ramsey County Jail Tuesday in exchange for $1 million in bail.