Woman accused of shooting another woman over a man pleads not guilty

Shontori Gooden (Credit: Mecklenburg County jail)

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Shontori Gooden (Credit: Mecklenburg County jail)

After rejecting a plea deal in court Tuesday, a woman accused of shooting another woman after an argument over a man pleaded not guilty.

Shontori Gooden was offered life in prison, but her attorney rejected the deal, according to Channel 2 Action News. Gooden was indicted on murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges.

Gooden allegedly shot 21-year-old Nyla Foster on Oct. 22 at a parking lot in Lithia Springs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Gooden fled to Charlotte, N.C., where she was arrested Oct. 31.

Foster was repeatedly punched by Gooden and then shot in the thigh, “which fractured her right femur and perforated her femoral artery and vein," Douglas County prosecutor Deah Warren said in court.

At the time of the incident, Gooden was on probation for robbery.