Bethel woman pleads guilty to murder charge

by Mark Arehart on May 15, 2013

In February of 2012, police arrested 44-year-old Bethel resident Brenda Evans for the murder of her boyfriend Charles Beaver. After originally claiming her innocence, Evans switched her plea to ‘guilty’ on a charge of murder in the second degree.

Evans changed her plea on January 30th of this year, but wasn’t sentenced until May 7th.

Judge Dwayne McConnell sentenced Evans to 22-years in prison.

On February 22nd, 2012, Bethel Police were called to a residence that Evans and her boyfriend Charles Beaver shared on Chief Eddy Hoffman Highway in Bethel.

In an affidavit obtained by KYUK, Evans was described as leaning over Beaver’s body when officers arrived.

The document notes that Beaver was deceased after suffering what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. Someone had also attempted to start a fire in the homes arctic entryway.

In the affidavit, Evans said she had walked out of the house to get a cigarette for Beaver and noticed a fire in the attic. She said she returned to the house and found Beaver on the floor. She attempted to give him CPR, she said.

During the course of investigation, two individuals contacted the police saying the night before, Evans had told them she and Beaver were arguing and he was trying to kick her out of the house.

In court documents, Evans reportedly told the two that she would get in the house and would kill Beaver if she had to.

Police arrested Evans shortly thereafter.

She was charged with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, burglary in the third degree and two counts of arson in the first degree.

Evans is eligible for mandatory parole but not discretionary parole, meaning she will have to serve at least two-thirds of her sentence.

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