A man from St. Paul has been charged with third-degree murder in the death of a woman who died of an overdose at a Roseville motel in 2019.
On Friday, Bret Ryne Lott, 31, was arrested and charged in Ramsey County District Court. According to last week’s criminal complaint, he was detained Thursday in St. Paul on a 2018 felony warrant with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections connected to a conviction for manufacture/delivery of heroin.
Two weapons and probable fentanyl were discovered from the area where Lott was detained, the complaint claims.
Around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2019, officers went to a welfare check call at a Motel 6. A 27-year-old lady was discovered dead on a bed.
Officers discovered Lott had reserved the hotel room, and workers reported seeing him the previous day.
According to the lawsuit, Lott wrote the lady a Facebook message at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 saying he had “strait bomb.” The two texted each other about cost and arranging a rendezvous at the motel.
In 12:25 a.m. Nov. 1, the lady, described in the complaint as ZB, emailed Lott a photo of the two of them together at the motel. Around 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2, Lott sent her message that said, “Yo u still at the room?”
Lott’s mother told authorities that she spoke with him on November 1 and that he admitted to consuming narcotics with a lady in a car near the hotel. Lott stated when he next woke up the woman was no longer snoring and her lips were going blue, the lawsuit alleges.
Lott told his mother numerous times that the lady was already dead and that he was hesitant to notify police because they had been taking drugs together and he had warrants out for his arrest, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit stated, “Lott informed his mother she had just paid $9 on the medications and there was no way a person could die from that tiny quantity.”
After his arrest, Lott told an investigator that he had left the motel room and discovered her dead when he returned. According to the complaint, he said he left because of his warrant and acknowledged to using and selling narcotics, but denied giving ZB the chemicals that killed her.
She died of opiate intoxication, including fentanyl and morphine in her system, according to an autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office.
Lott was still being held in the Ramsey County prison on $1 million bond on Tuesday.