A Brighton woman has been charged with the second-degree murder of her husband, the state alleging she knew better than to point a loaded weapon at him.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation originally reported Angela Denise 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 on Sunday morning in their Highway 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.
Angela Brewer was appointed a public defender and her bond set at $100,000. She remains in the Tipton County Correctional Facility awaiting her preliminary hearing, set for Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Funeral services for Stan Brewer will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Covington Funeral Home. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service. He will be buried at Robinson Family Cemetery in Mason.
In addition to his wife, Brewer leaves behind two children, Samantha Gray Brewer and Jacob William Brewer; mother Lillian Brewer of Atoka; sisters Deanna Cadoret of South Lawrence, Ontario, Melanie Sain of Munford, Juanita Ayers of Covington, Mabel Kellum of Brighton and Jeanette Mooney of Munford; brother Albert Brewer of Munford and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.