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

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

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