A former probation officer from Aiken County was indicted for murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend in their North Augusta home last year.


Robin Renee Herndon, of Sudlow Lake Road in North Augusta, was originally charged with voluntary manslaughter, but an Aiken County grand jury indicted her on the higher charge of murder. Herndon was served with the increased charge during a hearing on Tuesday.


“Based on the information police had when they arrested her, they charged her with voluntary manslaughter,” said Assistant Solicitor Glenn Justis of the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office. “Based on the information we have at this point, our office felt the more appropriate charge at this point would be murder.”


Justis said it’s not uncommon for someone to be indicted on a charge greater than the one they were originally arrested for.


“What happened in this situation is, law enforcement continued their investigation,” he said. “They didn’t just stop as soon as they had enough to arrest her. They got more and more information that pointed more toward murder than manslaughter.”


Herndon is accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Christopher Rowley. Sheriff’s deputies were called to Herndon’s home at 721 Sudlow Lake Road on Nov. 6, where they found Rowley with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where he later died.


Investigators have said Herndon and Rowley were involved in a domestic argument before the shooting.


Herndon was an officer with the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Service at the time of the shooting but has since been terminated from the department. She is also a former agent with the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division.


The case is being handled by the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office because Herndon was so well known in the Second Circuit solicitor and public defender offices.