Scott County

Mother of slain Scott Co. teenager pleads not guilty

GEORGETOWN — The mother of a slain teenager at the center of a Scott County murder case pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to felony charges.

Carol Lyons, 46, was arrested March 23 and charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony, and alcohol intoxication, a misdemeanor, after an altercation with two teenage boys on Sundown Drive in Georgetown.

A police report says Lyons pulled a gun on Darryl Lyman, 18, and Cody Lancaster, 16, because they were "picking on" her sister. The report says Lyons was unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred as she was arrested.

Lyons is the mother of Ashley Lyons, who was shot and killed in a Scott County park in 2004. Ashley Lyons was pregnant at the time and Roger McBeath Jr., her ex-boyfriend and the child's father, was convicted of murder.

But an appeals court later overturned the conviction and a second trial has been scheduled in July.

Carol Lyons declined to comment on her case as she left Scott District Court. She is scheduled to return to court at 9 a.m. May 6.