AG to ask SC Supreme Court to hear Conway woman’s voluntary manslaughter case

Conway woman once convicted of killing husband free on bond

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Conway woman who was found guilty in 2015 of killing her husband is now out from behind bars.

In August 2013, Horry County Police officers responded to a home on Old Reaves Ferry Road and found David Sims Jr. shot to death and Heather Sims stabbed. She turned herself into police, but her and her attorneys maintained that she shot her husband in self-defense.

She was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in Nov. 2015. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison, which was suspended to ten years in prison and five years’ probation.

But in February, the South Carolina Court of Appeals overturned her conviction on voluntary manslaughter.

Sims argued the circuit court erred in instructing the jury on voluntary manslaughter, and the court of appeals agreed.

Robert Kittle with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office said his office is appealing the fact that her conviction was overturned and will ask the State Supreme Court to hear the appeal.

Sims was expected to remain in prison until the AG made a decision on the case. But her attorney Morgan Martin explained that process could take years.

Martin asked the court of appeals for bail in the meantime since her conviction was overturned. The request was granted on Tuesday and she was given a $50,000 bond.

Martin said that Sims was transferred from the Camille Griffin Center for Women in Columbia on Wednesday to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

She was booked at 2:18 p.m. and released less than two hours later at 4:03 p.m.

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