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Former Summerville HS principal accused of killing wife posts bond

Published: Nov. 25, 2019 at 12:16 PM EST
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A former Summerville High School principal accused of killing his wife in September was granted a bond last week which he then posted, according to court records.

James “Stan” Yarborough, 64, was given a $250,000 bond on Nov. 19. He is now on house arrest. Records show Hon. Diane Schafer Goodstein granted him the bond.

Yarborough’s wife, 63-year-old Karen, was found dead on the side of Harrison road near the Beidler Forest back on Sept. 17.

The next day, Yarborough was charged with killing her.

She was initially reported missing and when police went to the Yarborough home to investigate, he told them his wife had been home the night before, the incident report stated. He told officers he was going to bed for the night and that his wife said she was going to go for a walk, something he said was “normal behavior.”

911 calls show she lied about her disappearance, according to police.

He said his wife had recently been depressed about a recent death and about an illness of a close family friend, the incident report states.

Police say they noticed a red stain on the bottom of his shirt near each of his armpits and asked what the stain was from. He said he must have gotten blood on his shirt because he was on blood thinners, the report states.

The report states officers found a single, unknown caliber bullet on the floor of their bedroom near the dresser with no shell casing nearby. Yarborough told police he did not have any firearms and did not know why the bullet would be there.

Police also found “fresh damage” to Yarborough’s vehicles and broken flower pots and a wheelbarrow outside the home, the report states. He told police he only knew of damage to the vehicles that his wife told him about the day before she disappeared.

He was principal at Summerville High School from 1994 to 1998 and then served as Dorchester District 2 Facilities Director from 1998 to 2002.

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