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Attorneys spend day questioning investigator in Sims murder trial

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Today, testimony continued in the murder trial for Heather Sims… the Conway woman accused of shooting and killing her husband during a fight in their home.

To start off, both attorneys dove right into the investigation, often getting a little contentious. 

The first and only witness called to the stand was the crime scene investigator who responded to the Sims’ home.

Prosecutor Nancy Livesay went through the investigator’s process, and asked about the several things she took in as evidence.

First she asked about the .9mm handgun used to kill David Sims.

The investigator told jurors it was purchased by someone else, and that Heather had her own revolver in a nearby nightstand.

The killing weapon only had one bullet left in the chamber.

“Did you look for any other .9mm bullets in the house?” Livesay asked investigator Julie Domogauer with the Horry County Police Department.

“Yes I did,” the investigator answered.

“Did you find any?” followed up Livesay.

“No, not inside the house, I did not,” said Domogauer.

The other more talked about subject was the knife found in David Sims hands. Heather Sims says her husband stabbed her with it before she shot him.

“I saw on the blade, what appeared to be the impression of a latent fingerprint. Ridge detail was sideways, as if I had placed it with my thumb there,” said Domongauer.

That print was never identified, which is something defense attorney Morgan Martin made very clear to jurors.

In cross examination, he went on to raise questions in the investigator’s process.  

As his client and jury watched closely, Martin raised concerns over things like the guns found, volume of people allowed on scene, and apparent missing cell phone.

Testimony will continue Thursday with an Horry County Police Officer who was in the hospital with Heather following the 2013 shooting.

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