Man's wife shows up after his girlfriend allegedly killed him over another woman

The weekend killing reportedly took place when James Hargrove told his longtime girlfriend he was in love with another woman

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Shocking new details come to light in case of Spring man murdered allegedly by girlfriend
Karin Steward is accused of murdering James Hargrove after finding out he was in love with another woman. But Hargrove was also married.

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- A Spring man's murder over the weekend leads to a tangled story of a love triangle, with shocking new details emerging. A woman stands accused of murdering her boyfriend, who is married to another woman, after learning he was in love with a third woman.

Karin Stewart, 51, is now behind bars, charged with murdering her boyfriend, James Hargrove.

At about 9 a.m. Saturday, Precinct 4 constable deputies arrived at the 23600 block of Buttress Root Drive to find Hargrove with multiple gunshot wounds, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Hargrove lived in the home with his girlfriend, who he had been dating on and off for seven years. However, Hargrove was married during most of their relationship His wife, Sandra Hargrove, told ABC13 they separated in November after a 14-year marriage.

"He's still my husband," Sandra Hargove said. Hargrove said she didn't know her husband was living with a girlfriend.

NOTE: Over the weekend, authorities told ABC13 that Stewart was Hargrove's wife. They have since confirmed the updated information.

Stewart, who can be seen crying in her mug shot, made a brief court appearance Monday morning. She remains behind bars, held on a $75,000 bond.

Exclusive surveillance footage from a neighbor shows a car pulling into the driveway at 1:45 a.m on Saturday. We spoke with the woman in the video over the phone. She claims Hargrove told Stewart they were in love and all three were meeting to discuss the situation.

That woman says she never expected Stewart's reaction. She claims Stewart went into the bedroom, got a gun and shot Hargrove.

About 30 minutes after they went inside, the woman, who doesn't want us using her name, is seen running down the street. She says she heard more gunshots as she ran.

Hargrove's wife says they've had their issues and were separated, but she never imagined he would end up in a deadly love triangle.

"It's not believable. Clearly, it is, because I'm here, but it's not believable," said a tearful Sandra Hargrove. "Because that's my husband. He's still my husband."

Sandra started a gofundme to help with funeral costs.

Records reveal it's not the first time Stewart has been accused of domestic violence. Stewart was charged with felony battery in Jan. 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

According to records, she got into an argument with her husband over keys and ran over him with a truck. One witness to the incident told police he saw her spray lighter fluid in her husband's face.

In 2018, authorities lowered the charge to simple battery and Stewart pleaded guilty.

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