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Murder trial begins for woman accused of shooting husband in Conway

Heather Sims (Source: HCPD) Heather Sims (Source: HCPD)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A jury is seated in the murder trial for a Conway woman accused of shooting and killing her husband in 2013.

The lawyers for each side agreed on the twelve jurors and three alternates for this case after an entire day of questioning.

Now, eight men and seven woman will hear this case for what could be two weeks, and decide the fate of Heather Sims.

Earlier in the day, Circuit Court Judge Caldwell Maddox filled a courtroom with dozens of potential jurors and asked them several sets of questions that would give the court a better idea of who may be trying the case.

One important question was how familiar any juror was with this particular case. When asked, only one from the large group stood up, but was not excused.

Several potential jurors were excused though, admitting to having business or personal relationships with possible witnesses at some point in time.

Sims is charged with murder, after police say she killed her husband, David Sims, during a fight back in 2013.

This summer, her attorneys argued to the same judge that Sims was protecting herself under South Carolina’s Stand Your Ground law.

Judge Maddox decided not to accept that argument and chose to go forward with the trial.

This is just the first day of what looks to be a long, emotional trial.

When talking to potential jurors today, the judge warned them this case should take up to two weeks to try.

Opening arguments are expected to start Tuesday.

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