Trial of Columbia woman accused of killing husband delayed

jmonk@thestate.comOctober 1, 2013 

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— A murder trial of a Columbia woman accused of killing her husband that was supposed to begin Tuesday has been delayed.

Judge William Keesley granted the continuance Tuesday for defendant Shellie Davis at the Lexington County judicial center just before the trial was supposed to begin. No date was set for a new trial.

The reason for the continuance was so defense attorney Aimee Zmroczek could study a statement from a witness that was furnished to Zmroczek last week. Under the law, prosecutors are supposed to furnish the defense all information that could help or hurt the defense in a timely fashion.

In granting the continuance, Keelsey did not hold anyone at fault. Prosecutors said they thought they had furnished Zmroczek the statement months ago.

Davis has been in the Lexington County jail now for three years waiting for her trial.

A warrant in the case alleges she shot and killed her husband, Jermaine Davis, in September 2010 in an apartment on Feather Run Trail just outside West Columbia.

Her defense in the case is expected to include that she was a victim of criminal domestic violence.

According to police reports at the time, Jermaine Davis was shot once in the back of the head with a .380 caliber handgun. Later, according to reports, Shellie Davis shot and wounded herself in the head.

The couple have four sons and a daughter.

Assistant 11th Circuit solicitor Dayton Riddle is lead prosecutor.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344.

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