published Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Beaten woman dies; husband faces charges

by Chris Carroll
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    John Wiser was arrested at his 3531 Sleepy Hollow Road home at 9:30 p.m. when police found his wife, Shannon Wiser, “unconscious and suffering from unknown injuries.”

Karen Guthrie searched for pictures and “sentimental things” Monday as she stepped over baby shoes and board games in the house where her sister was fatally beaten.

Chattanooga police investigators said John “Budweiser” Wiser, 27, slammed his wife’s head into a bedroom wall so hard on Sept. 7 that picture frames fell to the floor. Then he choked her as two small children stood nearby, according to police records.

“The nine-year-old took his little brother to his bedroom so he wouldn’t have to see the rest,” Guthrie said.

Shannon Wiser, 31, died Sunday from her injuries, police said.

Her uncle, Derrick Brown, said his niece graduated from Chattanooga High School and worked as an accountant here.

Brown said family members traveled north from Alabama to rally for a “gifted free spirit” who enjoyed painting, drawing and raising her two boys.

“We watched her last breath, and we want justice,” he said.

Police said two neighbors arrived at 3531 Sleepy Hollow Road last Tuesday and found a writhing Shannon Wiser, 31, her face covered in blood. Before losing consciousness, she muttered “hospital” twice to neighbors, records show.

Guthrie said her sister struggled on life support for five days before she died at an area hospital.

After police revealed news of Wiser’s death Monday morning, officials said they planned to upgrade the charges of aggravated domestic assault and attempted first-degree murder now filed against John Wiser, who is being held on $200,000 bond in the Hamilton County Jail.


John Wiser’s next scheduled appearance is in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on Oct. 4 before Judge Christine Mahn Sell.

On Sept. 4, three days before Shannon Wiser sustained the injuries that ended her life, police were called to the Sleepy Hollow Road home, records show. John Wiser had hit his wife in the face multiple times after he became “very angry because Shannon had friends over,” according to Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval.

Records show that a judge issued an arrest warrant after the Sept. 4 incident, but police never caught Wiser, Royval said.

Guthrie said the couple’s marriage lasted five years. She said Shannon Wiser spent time in a halfway home and filed a restraining order last Tuesday against her husband.

Hamilton County courts did not have a record of a restraining order, but Royval said it is possible that Shannon Wiser spoke with a private attorney about protection after the first incident.

“There was definitely a history [of abuse],” Royval said.

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maryjanp said...

Would hope the court will treat this as any murder. Its time those that murder their spouse get the same penalty. Life w/o parole is the only fair sentence.

September 14, 2010 at 5:44 a.m.
cdb1679 said...

This is a heartbreaking situation. I will refrain from expressing an opinion on punishment for the crime. That is up to a jury to decide. However, there is no fair sentence to be had here. There is a woman who has been robbed of a chance to live her life and raise her children. There are children who must cope with the death of their mother by their father's hand. There are also tax payers who are required to feed and house this man for some period of time. Maybe we should look at the cases like these that gained national attention and the murderer celebrity status! That might give some insight on how the seed to commit such a crime is planted.

September 14, 2010 at 8:34 a.m.
Dublej10 said...

I really wish people knew half as much as they think they do. John Wiser is not the "bad man" that everyone is now making him out to be. I understand that this tragedy does not reflect that, but it is none the less true. John is always the first person to help ANYONE in need, and until this incident, had never put his hands on any female. The incident on Sept 4th was not due to her "having friends over"; it was due to what "adult activity" was taking place while children were awake. This was a senseless tragedy that didnt have to happen. Shannon was a good person and a gret mother and will be missed. I will pray for their kids everyday, as should everyone else. But untruths and false information about John Wiser will not help anything. It is truly unfortunate that a GOOD man committed such a horrible act violence. Everyone can trust in the fact that no matter what punishment John receives, he will forever be punishing himself as well.

September 14, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.
MTB5110 said...

Such a disturbing story. My heart cries for this family, most of all the children. I hope these children are surrounded by love every day of their lives and the ability to overcome this horrendous event that will forever change their souls. Such a tragic event.

Regardless of what "backgrounds" each party brings to the table, a real man doesn't conduct himself in this manner. A man doesn't assault his wife, the mother of his children in any respect; ESPECIALLY in front of the children. There is absolutely no excuse for this. None! If death is not the sentence he receives, I hope John Wiser gets to sit in a jail cell the remainder of his life and replay his actions over and over in his head. Think about the fact that two children now go motherless and fatherless, all thanks to his two hands. I personally think John Wiser should be beat to near death and be forced to endure what he placed upon a helpless human being. I hate knowing my hard earned tax dollars will go towards the support of a person of this stature.

Shea and her family will always be in my thoughts and this story will one day be shared with my daughter in hopes she can avoid a situation of this nature.

September 14, 2010 at 3:31 p.m.
LMS71670 said...

I have known Shae personally for 11 years, she will be greatly missed. I also know her husband John, he is not a good man. A good man does not assault the mother of his child in front of that child. Shae is/was one of the best mother's I have ever met, she would do anything for her kids, and ultimately she died for them because of her husband. Most women in an abusive relationship will do anything to protect their children, Shae was no different than most women, except she ended up losing her life at the hands of a man that was supposed to love her. Now her wonderful children have to grow up without their loving mother and the memory of their father beating her. I pray that John gets what he deserves for what he has done to Shae and those 2 little kids. The death penalty is too good for him, but I don't want to support him with my tax dollars either. He deserves to reside under the jail, where all men who hit their wives need to be.

September 14, 2010 at 5:21 p.m.
cstand said...

I am a father and a husband. I cannot imagine laying hands on my wife let alone beating the mother of my children to death while they watched. This man so to speak, John "Budwieser" Wiser is a poor excuse for a human being let alone father and husband. How anyone could comment in his favor proves that we have more than one inbred, low life, waste of space on this earth. This loser abused his wife for years and tormented her and the children keeping them in constant fear. This man wanted to control Shae and wanted her to believe that she was nothing. Shae loved her children and gave her life protecting them in her last moments. Her children will forever have those last violent images in their minds. Please do not insinuate that "inappropriate adult behavior" was taking place causing poor John to act out in a crime of passion. This POS is trying to play the blame game here. The facts are: he abused her and the children regularly (plenty of calls out to this house and previous address by police) , he beat her Saturday night including her friends and a neighbor who came to her aid, he ran from the police on Saturday and a warrant was issued, he phoned her threatning her to get the charges dropped, when she did not conform he waited for her to come home on Tuesday evening and had someone drop him off at their home where he forced his way in, Shae was on the phone with a friend and told her that a truck pulled up and John jumped out, the friend hung up and dialed 911, John then beat her in the presence of the children and then ran. Shae suffered for 5 days on life support while this coward sat in a cell with hot meals and cable. No matter what his judgement on earth contains, nothing can compare as to when he meets his maker.

September 14, 2010 at 8:17 p.m.

Well said CSTAND-

As for you DUBLEJ10- you are as much of a lowlife as this idiot "Budweiser" is for defending such a fool!

May God judge you both! Good Luck!

September 14, 2010 at 10:11 p.m.
whatever said...

No matter how it ends, it won't end well.

September 14, 2010 at 10:44 p.m.
cdb1679 said...

I don't know anything about these people other than what I've read. What I do know is GOOD MEN do not beat there wives to death! There is nothing she could have done to deserve that. As for dublej10, if there was something inappropriate going on as you say that is what police and children's services are for! Thinking like yours is why this type thing happens far to offten!

September 15, 2010 at 7:22 a.m.
zerochic78 said...

For dublej10, I don't care if he walked in the house and saw Shae with 10 men and a needle in her arm, there is no excuse in the world for him to beat her to death! He is a loser of a man plain and simple. A good man works and takes care of his family. He didn't do that. A good man doesn't cheat on his wife for years. A good man doesn't beat his wife to death in front of their children! He is a drug addict loser and this defense is not going to help him in court. Shae's poor children will have to live with these images for the rest of her life. Families of homicide victims never ever really "get over it" they just have to move on with their life and try to be as happy as they can. This situation is different because they actually witnessed this horrific crime. They are both old enough to remember and these images will be replayed over and over in their little minds. They will be always wondering if they could have done something to have helped save their mommy. I pray that they will get the help that they need to deal with this, for they may be in therapy for the rest of their lives. I also pray that John "Bud" Wiser (fitting name huh?) gets what he deserves which is to be in prison for the rest of his miserable life. Dear Lord in Heaven please watch over these babies and help them to have as normal of a life as they can.

September 15, 2010 at 10:27 a.m.
KRB70 said...

Dublej10 you should be so ashamed of your comments. I have known Shae for a long time and know she would never commit the depravity you described; especially while her kids where there. Even if she had, no nice man would ever hit his wife--period much less beat her to death and in front of the kids. Yeah he is a really "nice" guy. You really need to get a dictionary and look up the meaning of the word NICE. I hope John or Bud or whatever you call him gets the maximum our justice system can give him, he should really be beat just like he did to poor Shae, but since this is not an option life without parole is what I am hoping for. I hope our justice system does not let Shae, her family and friends down. I hope he does suffer knowing what he did to her, everyday of his miserable life thanks to him two kids are without their mother. Under the jail would be too good for him.

September 15, 2010 at 5:24 p.m.
sd said...

Dublej10 feels John Wiser is unfairly maligned. Are you his brother, or just one of the enablers he calls friend? No matter. Your attempts at revisionism accomplish nothing.

John Wiser is beneath contempt; I wouldn't deign to spit on his carcass.

September 15, 2010 at 9:54 p.m.
qxork said...


We simply disagree. Beating-- I'm sorry, VICIOUSLY BEATING-- a mother to death in front of her children makes John Wiser a horrible, bad man. I don't care if he previously cured cancer, saved a bus load of nuns from a fire, and donated his savings to the poor. The one savage, brutal dismissal of life by his hands makes him a bad man. That he did this in the presence of children, makes him someone who should not see the natural light of day ever again.

You and I simply will never agree.

September 17, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.
robininbama87 said...

to the person who said hes not the "bad man".. well thats crap! try telling that to her children, mother, sister (who is a good friend of mine and has been for 10 years) and the rest of her family. He deserves to fry and suffer.. honestly thats too good for him. He needs to be beaten and suffer as shannon did. There is no reason for one person to take another's life. So you need to re-read what u said.. cause u sound like a complete MORON!

November 3, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
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