Hartsville woman charged with manslaughter in death of 18-year-old boyfriend, report says


HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WBTW) – A Hartsville woman has been charged in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old man.

Cassandra Jacqueline Escobar, 19, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Caleb James, also of Hartsville, according to an incident report from the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.

Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee on Thursday ruled the death of James a homicide after a nearly month-long investigation. James died after he was shot by another person, Hardee concluded.

The shooting took place on White Sands Circle near Hartsville at around 10 p.m. on May 13. Deputies were called to the home in reference to a “male shooting himself,” the incident report shows.

Deputies said Escobar told them her boyfriend, Caleb James, “was playing with his gun and accidentally shot himself.” But the coroner said Thursday James was shot by another person.

The Darlington County Coroner’s Office and the Darlington County Sheriffs Office are investigating the homicide.

Count on News13 for updates as we work to learn more.

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