Family of Heather Sims holds prayer vigil, reads letter from Heather

Family of Heather Sims holds prayer vigil, reads letter from Heather
Photographer: George Umbenhauer
Photographer: George Umbenhauer

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - In front of the courthouse where they last saw their daughter, the parents of Heather Sims spoke about her trial for the first time.

"We are deeply disappointed in the jury's decision and the outcome of the trial for our dear Heather," said Ronnie Causey, Heather's father.

That jury's decision is that Sims didn't act in self-defense when she killed her husband David in an argument two years ago. Sims is charged with voluntary manslaughter.

Ronnie Causey believes there is still no evidence it wasn't self-defense, and says the prosecution's case was all fabrication and lies.

Heather Sims, herself, echoed those same feelings in a letter she wrote from prison, read tearfully by her mother.

"This is such a miscarriage of justice, for our justice system, and a tragedy for us all involved," Sandra read.

In that letter, Sims says she will rely on her faith moving forward and worries most about her son John David.

She says despite receiving hateful comments from David's family, she will allow them to see their son without a judge's order.

"I hope that one day David's family can let go of their anger and forgive," Heather said in the letter.

We reached out to the Sims family and David's sister Destiny says evidence does not lie. She says the family believes no one knew the real Heather either, and David's own mother was worried for his safety while with her.

Like Heather, they also worry about the couple's son, and don't believe their visitation rights are as generous as they're made out to be.

We also spoke with 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson. He says he supports Heather's family's right to gather, but believes it was a fair and just trial.

Heather's attorneys say they plan to appeal her conviction.

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Heather Sims found guilty of voluntary manslaughter

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