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North Augusta woman charged with manslaughter

Posted: November 12, 2013 - 5:18pm

A North Augusta woman has been charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend at their residence on Nov. 6.

Robin Renee Herndon, 40, was charged Thursday and is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

Aiken County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster said Herndon and Christopher Rowley, 31, began arguing at Sunset Memorial Gardens on Jefferson Davis Highway.

They continued the argument at their home at 721 Sudlow Lake Road.

A neighbor told a 911 dispatcher she was in her yard when she heard the couple arguing on their front porch. Soon after, she heard a gunshot and Herndon screaming.

Police arrived about 2:15 p.m. to find Herndon attempting to give CPR to Rowley, who had a gunshot wound to the neck.

Rowley was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center where he died at 3:07 p.m.

Feemster said ballistics tests will be used to determine if Herndon, an employee at the South Carolina Probation, Pardon and Paroles department, used her service weapon in the shooting.

Police said the couple had been in a relationship for about nine months and had been living together since March.

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