Woman charged in stabbing death of Bishopville man

Special to The ItemJuly 23, 2013 

ISTOCK

— A Bishopville woman has been charged in connection with the death of a Bishopville man, found dead in his South Lee Street home Monday afternoon.

George Hardoman, 82, was stabbed to death early Sunday morning in his home, according to Bishopville Police Chief Calvin Collins.

Yanisha Barr, 26, of 402 Bradley Ave., has been charged with murder, and is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.

“We will oppose bond because we consider her to be a flight risk and a danger to the community,” Collins said.

Barr was taken into custody by the Bishopville Police Department at 6 p.m. Monday and was formally charged with murder after a warrant for her arrest was issued Tuesday morning.

An autopsy performed Tuesday at the Newberry Pathology Associates deemed Hardoman’s death to be a homicide, said Lee County Coroner Larry Logan.

“We believe the time of his death to be about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning,” Logan said.

Collins said he is confident that “justice is going to be served in this case.”

“Barr was an acquaintance of the victim, and forensic evidence led to the arrest,” he said. “This is in the early stages of the investigation, but it is an active and ongoing investigation.”

Bishopville Police Department officers found the body at about noon Monday after a family member called asking the police to check on the man, whom they had not heard from since Saturday night.

According to the incident report, police found a door to be partially opened and observed blood on the floor.

Collins credited the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon and the Sheriff’s Office for their support in the investigation.

“In fact, SLED has taken the lead on this, but I also want to thank Sheriff Simon and his investigators for their participation in this investigation,” Collins said.

Collins, a Bishopville Police Department veteran who was named chief Monday, said he wants the community to feel safe.

“Public safety is always our priority,” Collins said. “And we wanted the public to know that the person responsible for Mr. Hardoman’s death has been arrested and is in custody. We are very pleased that we were able to take the accused into custody only six hours after the victim’s body was found. I can’t say enough about the cooperation and support of SLED and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.”

Hardoman had lived in the house at 405 S. Lee St. for about 20 years, officials said.

Collins said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information should call the Bishopville Police Department at (803) 484-5309 or CrimeStoppers at 1 (888)-CRIME-SC.

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