Hartsville man charged with murder for shooting wife in Decatur, GA

Hartsville man charged with murder for shooting wife in Decatur, GA

DECATUR, GA (WMBF) – A Hartsville man is accused of shooting and killing his wife, also from Hartsville, in Decatur, Georgia last Friday night, with their children nearby, according to DeKalb County Police.

Officers responded to an apartment complex in Decatur to find the body of 38-year-old Angela Bishop inside a car, according to 11 Alive News, the NBC affiliate in Decatur.

An officer said Bishop's husband, 42-year-old James Beard, admitted he shot his wife.

Beard told an officers he was in his apartment when he heard a loud banging at the door, but when he looked through the peephole, he didn't see anyone, 11 Alive News reports. He said he opened the door, the gun "went off," then he tossed the Beretta .40-caliber handgun behind the apartment building.

The children told police their mother told them to stay in the car while she went to see if their father was home, according to 11 Alive News. When they saw her next, she was being carried to the car by Beard.

Beard was arrested and charged with murder, 11 Alive News reports.

Police said the children were turned over to a relative in Grayson, Georgia until their grandparents from South Carolina arrive to pick them up.

Bishop and Beard are originally from Hartsville, South Carolina, confirmed Shiera Campbell, DeKalb Police's public information officer.'

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