Man kills Warrenton man over prescription drug Dilaudid
He described the brutal attack as "15 to 20 seconds of rage."
In two telephone interviews from the Fauquier County Dentition Center last week, Christopher G. Steele explained how he killed Larry J. "Jock" Andrews last month with a foot-long kitchen knife and a rolling pin in the victim’s Warrenton home at 39 Frazier Road.
They fought "over drugs" — the "amount and who gets what," Mr. Steele said.
Mr. Steele, 34, said he stabbed and struck Mr. Andrews, 55, "two or three times."
"I didn’t go there with the intent to hurt anybody," Mr. Steele said. "Now, I’ve done something horrible. I’m not a violent person."
The argument started at about 11 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the hallway of the tiny, white stucco home and ended in the kitchen, Mr. Steele said.
Mr. Andrews "probably thought I was trying to steal" prescription medication from his wife, Margaret Ann Masi-Andrews, Mr. Steele said.
Mr. Steele said he met Mrs. Andrews, 48, a heavy prescription drug user, through a mutual friend in 1999.
An addict since 2000, he routinely uses heroin, cocaine and Oxycontin, a powerful painkiller, Mr. Steele said.
He arrived at the Andrews home March 6 at about 9:40 a.m., Mr. Steele said.
The couple left to take care of some errands.
Mr. Steele then went to his home at 10061 Routts Hill Road near Opal.
He returned to the Andrews home between 11 and 11:30 a.m. and waited for the couple.
They arrived shortly after he got there, Mr. Steele said.
He figures he has visited the couple at their Frazier Road home "20 to 30 times" since they moved there about three years ago.
In exchange for prescription drugs, he did odd jobs for them, Mr. Steele claimed.
For example, he said he took their garbage to the landfill, ferried Mrs. Andrews to and from the doctor and picked up furniture for the couple at the Salvation Army store on Sudley Road in Manassas.
Mrs. Andrews regularly took Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Duragesic and Valium, all used to treat "severe" pain, according to Fauquier County Circuit Court records.
About 10 years ago, Mrs. Andrews got run over by a truck and lost her right leg, just above the knee.
The former "exotic" dancer also underwent back surgery. In addition, Mrs. Andrews recently had surgery on her right shoulder.
On March 6, Mr. Andrews gave him $26 to buy 100 syringes, Mr. Steele said.
He drove to the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Bealeton to make the purchase. But, lacking enough money, Mr. Steele instead bought 50 syringes at the Rite Aid’s drive-through window.
For his efforts, the Andrewes gave him an Oxycontin pill, he said.
Mr. Steele said he mashed the white pill, combined the powder with water and then heated the mixture.
He injected the clear fluid into his neck, near the Adam’s apple, Mr. Steele said.
The 80-milligram dose of Oxycontin made him feel "comfortable," he said.
The Andrewses injected Dilaudid into the "top" of their wrists, Mr. Steele said.
A Sept. 19 petition filed by the county department of social services with the circuit court referred to Mrs. Andrews’ "long, long history of alcohol and substance abuse."
It also states Mr. Andrews, admitted to "a past history of drug abuse."
The Andrewses and Mr. Steele spent the afternoon and evening of March 6 in the house.
They watched television and ate Domino’s pizza.
Mrs. Andrews went to bed shortly before 11 p.m., when the two men began to argue.
"It was all over before she opened the (bedroom) door," Mr. Steele said of the "mutual altercation."
The couple’s friends — Lori and Mike Gray, who live near Midland — said Mrs. Andrews overheard the dispute from her bedroom.
"Jock told him to leave," said Mr. Gray, a carpenter for whom Mr. Andrews worked. "Next thing she (Mrs. Andrews) knows there’s a scuffle and she heard ‘ugh, ugh’ and grunting. And there was a gurgle-type sound. And I guess that’s when he died."
For roughly the next six hours — 11 p.m. until to 5 a.m. Friday, March 7 — Mr. Steele said he used Mrs. Andrews' prescription drugs and watched two cable TV movies — "Lethal Weapon 3" and "Enemy at the Gates."
Time passed with "me shooting drugs, probably at least two times an hour, and her laying down, smoking cigarettes and drinking Coke," Mr. Steele said.
To hear him tell it, Mrs. Andrews seemed untroubled by the night’s gruesome events.
Mrs. Andrews told Warrenton police and friends that Mr. Steele put a knife to her neck and demanded the combination to her home safe, where she kept medication.
Mr. Steele refused to comment on that allegation.
But he admitted he opened the safe and removed "just drugs."
Mr. Steele said he bound Mrs. Andrews with duct tape and clothes at 5:18 a.m., right before he fled the scene.
He used her black, 1999 Nissan Altima to make his getaway.
Mr. Steele insists he made no effort to hide his killing of Mr. Andrews or to escape.
"I could easily have killed her (Mrs. Andrews) and cleaned up the mess," he said. "If I would’ve planned this, I wouldn’t be here (in jail) now."
He loosely bound Mrs. Andrews in duct tape and clothing, he said.
"It wasn’t a serious attempt to restrain her," Mr. Steele said.
He eased the tape and clothing when Mrs. Andrews complained he tied them too tightly, Mr. Steele said.
"She was probably more in control of the tie up than I was," he said.
Mr. Steele said he considered suicide that morning.
"I would just leave, probably trying to kill myself with the drugs" he took from Mrs. Andrews.