On Tuesday, the bond for a woman accused of murdering her husband earlier this month was reduced.
At her preliminary hearing, Angela Brewer's bond was reduced by 80 percent, from $100,000 to $20,000.
Members of her church family filled the courtroom, presumably in support of the woman who told police she accidentally killed her husband on Dec. 8.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation originally reported Brewer, 43, had been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of her 37-year-old husband, William “Stan” Brewer Jr.
According to spokesperson Kristin Helm, Brewer admitted to accidentally shooting her husband in their Hwy. 14 home. Brewer reportedly told investigators she believed she heard an intruder.
“She obtained the shotgun from the couple’s gun case and loaded and cocked the weapon, then proceeded to look out of the front and back of the home, not seeing anyone,” Helm said.
Brewer reportedly then went to wake her husband up, putting the loaded weapon in the bed with the barrel pointed at his head.
“When she leaned in to wake him, her hand was on the weapon and the shotgun discharged, shooting and killing him.”
When she was arraigned, however, Brewer’s charges were increased to second-degree murder, citing her familiarity with the firearm and completion of a hunter safety course as the reason for the charge.
“The hunters safety course teaches the dangers of firearms and how to use them safely,” the narrative, signed by TBI Special Agent Mark Reynolds, states.
At press time, Brewer had made bond and was awaiting her next court date.
The couple has two children.