Woman charged with killing 19-year-old male pleads not guilty

Photo: Savannah Nichol Wren

A Mountain Home woman charged with killing 19-year-old Chaseton Lewter made an appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Twenty-one-year-old Savannah Wren entered a not guilty plea to the charges against her.

The incident leading to her charges began when Mountain Home police were called to an address along Cooper Estates Drive just before 3 a.m. Nov. 24 last year in response to a report of a male being shot.

Officers were told by two people at the residence that Wren had shot Lewter.

No details have been provided on what might have led to the shooting or what type of weapon was used.

Lewter was found in a back bedroom with an apparent gunshot wound to his forehead.

He was first taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center for treatment and later flown to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, where he died.

Wren, who was reported to be the resident at the Cooper Estates Drive address, had fled on foot before police arrived.

She was tracked to Marion County and arrested a few hours after police responded to the shooting call at her home.

She was first charged with criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder – a Class B felony. After Lewter’s death, the charge was upgraded to second-degree murder, and her bond was increased to $500,000.

Wren is the mother of two young children. Court records show the biological father of one of the children is in litigation over custody and support issues regarding the 2-year-old child.

Wren was booked into the Baxter County jail just after 9:30 a.m. on the day of the shooting.

She is being represented by Mountain Home attorney Mark Cooper.

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