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An Arkansas Mother and Son Got Into a Fight After She Got Stuck on a Lawnmower. Then, She 'Just Wanted to Scare Him' But Shot Him Dead: Cops

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Source: Fulton County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

Aug. 9 2023, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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A mother in Arkansas is being accused of shooting and killing her son during an argument that started because she was stuck on a lawn mower, authorities said.

According to court records, Tabatha Pebler, 43, called the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to say she shot her son, Brandon Chrisco.

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Pebler told police she was mowing her lawn and “got stuck.” She allegedly asked Chrisco to “help get the mower unstuck,” but he was “upset having to help to get the mower unstuck.”

Chrisco came to his mother's aid, officials said, but then she reportedly got stuck a second time. At this point, Chrisco allegedly called his mother a “b****” and then reportedly pushed her off the lawn mower.

Pebler allegedly walked to her car and grabbed her pistol from the console, authorities said. Chrisco was walking towards his mother and Pebler reportedly fired “warning shots” at him, but he continued to approach her.

Pebler pulled the trigger again as he got closer and reportedly struck him in the upper-left part of his chest, and the bullet passed through his body, officials said.

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When speaking with investigators, the suspect allegedly said she was “not meaning to kill him, she just wanted to scare him and stop.”

On June 5, Pebler was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond, officials said.

The News reported the mother recently entered a not-guilty plea in the case, which is expected to go to trial next year.


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