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Heather Sims

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.

Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said it would be up to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office to decide if it will appeal the decision. If they decided to appeal, then the case will go the state Supreme court.

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.

WMBF News has reached out to the AG’s office about the latest developments on the case. We’re expected to learn more on Thursday.

Story by WMBF News.

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