Husband, who claimed his wife died by suicide, charged with murder

A Georgia man has been charged with the murder of his wife after initially saying she killed herself.

Troy Newton Scarborough was charged Friday with felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while committing a felony in connection with the death of his wife. Scarborough’s wife, Shyanne Schroeder, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head when Jones County police responded to the call on March 27.

“The responding officers had a sense that something was not right in this case, and fortunately, they trusted their instincts,” Sheriff Butch Reece said in a statement.

Scarborough was arrested at the time of Schroeder’s death for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. While Scarborough was in custody, police reviewed evidence in Schroeder’s death.

“Scarborough has remained in custody since his arrest, while investigators have been busy reviewing all the evidence in relation to Schroeder’s death. After leaving no stone unturned, it was determined that Scarborough caused Schroeder’s death,” Reece said.

Reece praised the work and intuition of county investigators and agents. She said that without him “there could have been a huge miscarriage of justice.”

Scarborough will remain in custody at this time and is being held without bond, Reece said.

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