Lady's Island man charged with beating mother-in-law out on bond

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 3, 2014 

James Robert Workman

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A Lady's Island man accused of attacking his mother-in-law on Fripp Island before swimming across Fripp Inlet to evade authorities was released from jail on bond Monday, according to Beaufort County Detention Center records.

James Workman, 40, had been in jail since his arrest Oct. 20 on charges of attempted murder and first-degree burglary for allegedly beating his 68-year-old mother-in-law with a baseball bat.

Workman was released after posting $5,000 of his $50,000 bond. A judge's order allowed him to put down 10 percent of his bond and be released if his case was not resolved by Feb. 1, 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office spokesman Daniel Brownstein said. Workman's case is in pre-trial discovery, according to court records.

Workman's release comes with three conditions: He will be electronically monitored; he cannot contact the victim or her family, and he cannot come within 1,000 feet of the family, Brownstein said.

According to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Workman drove through a security checkpoint on Fripp Island at about 11 p.m. Oct. 19, broke into his mother-in-law's home and struck her several times on the head with a bat before leaving the home.

He was found at about 1 p.m. the next day at Hunting Island State Park, across Fripp Inlet, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

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