Sheriff: Newberry County man engaged in matrimonial crime spree

08/13/2014 5:47 PM

08/13/2014 6:18 PM

Marcia Pixley was shocked in June to see the Facebook page of her husband of 26 years. Darnell Pixley, 49, was chatting with others back in November 2013 and said, no he wasn’t at work, he was on his honeymoon.

That was news to the first Mrs. Pixley, since she and her husband had never been divorced.

After doing some research on her own, Marcia Pixley filed a complaint with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department and presented evidence she had gathered of multiple marriage licenses her husband had been granted since she and he were married on Christmas day in 1988. She told investigators she didn’t believe the latest bride knew of her husband’s still-valid marriage or the other marriages since 1988.

Darnell Pixley was charged with one count of bigamy on Tuesday. He may face additional charges from other counties, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

Newberry County Sheriff James Lee Foster said between 1988 and 2013 Pixley engaged in a “matrimonial crime spree” and married four different women without the benefit of divorcing any previous wives.

He was married in Edgefield County in 1988, Richland County 2008, Sumter County in 2011 and Newberry County in 2013, Foster said.

After being booked at the Newberry County Detention Center, Pixley was released on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond.

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