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Fourth arrest made in case of former reverend found dead and bound to bed

Nicole Chewning (Source: SLED) Nicole Chewning (Source: SLED)
James Chewning (Source: UMCSC.org) James Chewning (Source: UMCSC.org)
SALUDA COUNTY (WIS) -

A fourth family member has been charged in connection with the death of a grandfather who was found dead and bound to his bed with zip ties and rags, according to SLED.

SLED officials announced the arrest of Nicole Krystyn Chewning, 23, and charged her with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death.

Three others, Amber Nicole Trent, 26; Donald Ralph Chewning, 51; and Kathy Laine Chewning, 48, have all been charged with the death of James Boyd Chewning, a former reverend with the United Methodist Church.

James' body was found tied to his bed Nov. 3. Investigators said he had been there for two days. His mouth and eyes, investigators said, were also covered with duct tape.

A motive in this case has not yet been revealed.

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston with the UMC released a statement on behalf of the church.

The passing of the Rev. Boyd Chewning weighs heavily upon my heart and the hearts of all of those who were touched by his ministry, which stretched over more than 40 years at United Methodist churches across South Carolina.

We are in prayer for those who loved Rev. Chewning, and we grieve his loss throughout the Methodist connection.

The allegations of neglect and abuse serve as a reminder of our obligation as Christians to look out for the defenseless among us. It also presents an opportunity to reaffirm our Safe Sanctuaries Policy, which represents “our total and unwavering commitment to the physical, emotional and spiritual safety of all…vulnerable adults.”

According to the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church:

“We recognize that family violence and abuse in all its forms – verbal, psychological, physical, sexual – is detrimental to the covenant of the human community. …Regardless of the cause or the abuse, both the victim and the abuser need the love of the Church. While we deplore the actions of the abuser, we affirm that person to be in need of God’s redeeming love.”

Rev. Chewning was ordained as a full elder in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1965, two years after his first appointment in the Union Charge in what was then the Lake City District of the 1785 South Carolina Conference. He served 15 churches in eight of the Conference’s 12 districts.

When he retired in 2004, he was pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Saluda and Nazareth United Methodist Church near Batesburg-Leesville.

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