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Man in Georgia charged with murder after allegedly staging wife’s death as suicide

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A man from Georgia has been charged with murder after allegedly staging his wife’s death as a suicide.

Troy Newton Scarborough has been detained without charge on new charges of felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while committing a felony in connection with the death of his wife, Shyanne Schroeder, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

Deputies initially responded to a 911 call about a suicide on Holloman Road near Gray, Georgia, about an hour and forty minutes drive southwest of Atlanta, on March 27th. Upon arrival, they found Schroeder dead after a gunshot wound to the head.

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“The responding deputies got a sense that something was not right in this case, and fortunately they trusted their instincts,” Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece explained in a statement Friday.

Troy Newton Scarborough is being held without restraint on new charges of felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while committing a felony in connection with the death of his wife, Shyanne Schroeder.

Troy Newton Scarborough is being held without restraint on new charges of felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while committing a felony in connection with the death of his wife, Shyanne Schroeder.
(Jones County Sheriff’s Office)

Scarborough was arrested back in March when he was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and has been in custody ever since. Reece did not clarify whether the arrest came before or after Schroeder was found dead or revealed information about who made the 911 call.

While Scarborough remained in custody, the sheriff said “investigators have been busy reviewing all evidence related to Schroeder’s death.”

“After leaving no stone unturned, it has been determined that Scarborough caused Schroeder’s death,” Reece said.

He did not reveal what evidence led investigators to that conclusion.

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“I would like to thank our investigators and deputies for all their hard work, without which there may have been a huge error of justice,” the sheriff added, also thanking the FBI for “technical expertise and assistance in this matter.”

If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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