Marion woman arrested on open murder charge
REED CITY -- Bond was denied for a Marion woman who allegedly killed another woman with a pistol last week.
Nicole Veranda Wagner, 37, was charged with one count of open murder in Osceola County's 77th District Court on June 11.
Open murder -- a combination of first- and second-degree murder -- allows a jury to decide the appropriate degree, based on evidence, should the case go to trial.
If convicted, the charge carries a possible life sentence.
The charge against Wagner stems from events on June 9, at which time deputies with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a residence on 90th Avenue near 19 Mile Road in Highland Township for a report of a woman being shot with a pistol in the neck area.
The victim, 29-year-old Natasha Nicole-Lee Beebe, died on scene after life saving measures were attempted by deputies and Osceola County EMS.
Wagner was arrested on the scene for open murder.
Osceola County Prosecutor Anthony Badovinac said the residence is owned by the victim's husband.
Badovinac said the case remains under investigation at this time and officials have not determined a possible motive.
Wagner is set to appear in court for a probable cause conference on June 25 with her court-appointed attorney, Dennis DuVall.
Wagner will remain lodged at the Osceola County Jail.