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Woman's Death Is Called In As A Suicide, But Investigators Later Arrest Her Husband For Murder

Jones County Sheriff R.N. Butch Reece said investigators felt "something wasn't right" with the story put forth by Troy Newton Scarborough about his wife Shyanne Schroeder's death.

By Jill Sederstrom
A police handout of Troy Scarborough

Although it was initially reported as a suicide, a Georgia woman’s death was ruled a homicide after deputies at the scene felt that “something wasn’t right” about her husband’s story.

Shyanne Schroeder’s husband, Troy Newton Scarborough, is now facing charges of felony murder, multiple counts of aggravated assault and possession of firearm during the commission of a felony for her death, according to a statement from Jones County Sheriff R.N. “Butch” Reece.

Deputies were called to a home on Holloman Road on March 27 for a report of a suicide and discovered Schroeder dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

“The responding deputies got the feeling that something wasn’t right about this case, and thankfully they trusted their instincts,” Reece said.

A spokesperson for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment to Oxygen.com about what led deputies to that conclusion, citing the ongoing investigation; however, he did say that the injuries visible in Scarborough’s mugshot were present when deputies arrived.

Authorities took Scarborough into custody in March for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon while they continued to review the evidence.

According to Reece, after “leaving no stone unturned” investigators determined that Scarborough had caused his wife’s death and the additional charges were filed against him.

The sheriff’s office has declined to comment on a possible motive in the case.

“I would like to thank our investigators and deputies for all their hard work, without which there may have been a huge miscarriage of justice,” Reece said, adding that the department had also been assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Scarborough remains in custody and is currently being held without bond.

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