South Carolina Man Faces Bigamy Charge After Woman's Facebook Search
By Associated Press/WJBF Staff
Mug shot of Darnell Pixley (Credit: Newberry County Detention Center)
Newberry, SC -
A Newberry, South Carolina man has been charged with bigamy after officials discovered he has married four times since 1988 without divorcing any of the women.
According to WIS-TV, a simple check on Facebook led a woman down a deep rabbit hole of discovery that ended with the revelation that her husband was already married to at least three other women, according to an incident report.
According to a post on the Newberry County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page:
In June 2014, an incident report was filed with the Newberry County Sheriff's Office that the suspect recently married a woman while still married to someone else. Based on the investigation into this matter, it was determined that from December 1988 to November 2013, the suspect married four (4) different women without having divorced any of the previous wives, including his latest victim in Newberry County in November 2013.
Based upon the investigation, Darnell Pixley, 49, 575 Cypress Lakes Road, Newberry, SC 29108, was charged with 1 count of Bigamy. Additional charges may be filed in other jurisdictions where the other marriages took place.
Bigamy is the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another. The investigation revealed that Pixley's matrimonial crime spree included Edgefield (1988), Richland (2008), Sumter (2011), and Newberry County (2013), respectively.
Pixley surrendered to authorities at the Newberry County Detention Center this morning. Pixley was released on a personal recognizance bond of $2,500.00.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said 49-year-old Darnell Pixley was charged on a single count and surrendered to deputies Wednesday. Foster says the investigation is continuing.
The sheriff said Pixley married a woman in Edgefield County in 1988. He also married a woman in Richland County in 2008, a woman in Sumter County in 2011, and a woman in Newberry County last November.