Cochranton, PA – A lesbian couple will stand trial for the brutal beating death of 20-year-old Brandy Stevens-Rosine, the third leg of their lesbian love triangle.
Stevens-Rosine had dated 18-year-old Jade Olmstead for about a year, but the relationship had ended with Olmstead moving in with 20-year-old Ashley Barber (pictured) at Barber’s house 75 miles away in Pennsylvania. Although they were broke up, Olmstead and Stevens-Rosine stayed in contact and Stevens-Rosine still did favors for Olmstead whenever asked.
On May 17, Stevens-Rosine accepted an invitation by Olmstead to visit her at her new home. Stevens must have sensed something was wrong because after making the 75-mile trip and arriving at her destination, she texted a friend that she had a “funny feeling.” Not heeding the warning, Stevens-Rosine was lured out to a nearby wooded area under the guise of Barber and Olmstead wanting to show Stevens-Rosine a fort they were building.
Instead, Stevens-Rosine was beat mercilessly by Olmsted and Barber, who kicked and punched her to the point of Stevens-Rosine screaming and begging for her life. The pair would later tell police that Stevens-Rosine’s screaming was “freaking them out” so they shoved a Saw hat into her mouth and kept beating her.
At some point Barber wrapped a rope around Stevens-Rosine’s neck while Olmstead beat her in the head with a shovel. She would tell police she could see Stevens-Rosine’s brains oozing through the gaping wounds she was creating. Barber would also pull back on the rope with her knee pressed into Stevens-Rosine’s spine then release it, causing Stevens-Rosine’s head to slam into a tree stump.
When they thought Stevens-Rosine was dead, they rolled her into a grave they had prepared earlier. That’s when they noticed Stevens-Rosine was still breathing. Barber “said that her worst fear was being buried alive,” according to State Trooper Eric Mallory, so they threw a rock on Stevens-Rosine’s face then tried to drown her by pouring water into her nose and mouth. Afterwards, they buried Stevens-Rosine with a blood-soaked sweatshirt, the rock used to smash in Stevens-Rosine’s face and the Saw hat that was used as a gag as well as to pick up what Barber referred to as “meat or brains.”
Police got involved after Stevens-Rosine’s grandmother reported her missing after not seeing or hearing from her in two days, and not returning repeated phone calls. On May 23, investigators would find Stevens-Rosine’s body in her grave. The autopsy report would show she suffered multiple injuries from multiple different objects to a large percentage of her body. But her death was caused by the dirt in her airways. Stevens-Rosine had been buried alive.
After changing their stories repeatedly, including Barber blaming her own father for the murder, the two finally confessed to what they had done. They were both charged with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, and evidence tampering. Their arraignment is on August 24 and the prosecution will use that time to decide whether or not to pursue the death penalty.Tags: Ashley Barber, Brandy Stevens-Rosine, buried alive, Crime, lesbian, Murder, Nichole Jade Olmstead, Pennsylvania, Suffocation