By ECHO DAY
A Brighton woman originally charged with reckless homicide in her husband's death now faces a first-degree murder charge in the case.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the charges against Angela Denise Brewer, 43, increased because of the evidence produced by "further investigation."
The first-degree charge means the state will be attempting to provide proof of premeditated murder.
Brewer is accused of shooting her husband, William "Stan" Brewer Jr., 37, in the head while he slept on Dec. 8, 2013.
She told police she heard an intruder outside of the home the couple shared with their children. Mrs. Brewer reportedly retrieved a shotgun, loaded it and returned to the bedroom after checking both the back door and front window.
She maintains she set the gun down next to her husband while attempting to wake him, pointing the barrel at his head, and told police it went off when she leaned over.
Brewer was arrested in December and was originally charged with reckless homicide and aggravated assault.
When she was arraigned days later, 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.
Along with the indictment for first-degree murder, Brewer was also indicted for possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
Bond in the case was set at $100,000.