Jury Finds Heather Sims Guilt of Voluntary Manslaughter
It was a case that felt like it should have been part of an elaborate movie or crime novel. It’s not the type of case you expect to hear about in a Horry County courtroom, yet that’s just where a jury heard about the events that led to death of Heather Sim’s husband.
It only took the jury four hours to come back with a charge of guilty of voluntary manslaughter. After hearing the jury’s verdict, Judge Cordell Maddox informed Sims and her legal team that her sentence included 25 years in prison, suspended to 10 years and five years’ probation. She needs to serve a minimum of 85% of that sentence before she’ll be considered for parole.
On August 11, 2013 local police were called to the Sims home where they found David in the bathroom where his wife had shot him. She claimed that they’d been arguing and that she shot him because the argument had escalated to the point where she was afraid for her life. Officers at the scene noted that she had sustained cuts, supposedly during the argument she had with her husband, but during her trial and expert witness said the cuts were self-inflicted.
During the trial, Prosecutor Nancy Livesay, maintained that Heather Sims did her very best to create a scene that was designed to look like an accidental shooting when it was in fact murder.
“She’s covering up an awful horrific murder,” Livesay said. “It is when you go to the scene you see the murder and the premeditation. This woman is down there going through his pocket and putting a knife in his hand. He was shot right through the heart and lung and immediately fell to his knees. He’s sitting there with the blood dropping on the back of his jeans. There is no way in hell that knife stayed in his hand.”
Livesay believes that the real reason Sim’s killed her husband was because she wanted his life insurance money. She was quick to point out that the insurance policy was still quite new. “That policy went into effect July 23,” she said. “This man didn’t make it three weeks after that policy goes into effect.”
From the moment the police arrived on the scene right up to the point where the jury announced their verdict, Sims has been very consistent about her statement and has maintained her innocence.
“Cases like this are the reason I chose to pursue a career in personal injury law. I find them fascinating,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “At this point, I’m sure that David Sim’s family has been distracted by the criminal case against Heather Sims. Now that it is over, I hope they explore the possibility of a wrongful death civil lawsuit.”
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