Investigator at trial: Woman and boyfriend drank heavily before death

Published 5:06 pm Friday, August 24, 2018

MEADVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A police investigator says both a woman and her boyfriend consumed large amounts of alcohol before she was found shot at his house.

Laurel Police Sgt. Michael Reeves testified Friday that 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair had five glasses of wine at dinner while Greg Burroughs had five beers.

Burroughs is on trial for manslaughter, after investigators concluded Sinclair didn’t kill herself.

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Wesley Dickerson, a friend of Sinclair, has testified that she came to Dickerson’s home to hide from Burroughs. Dickerson says Sinclair told him Burroughs had beaten and threatened to kill her.

A forensic scientist has said gunshot residue was found on Burroughs’ left palm and Sinclair’s right palm. Burroughs is right-handed and Sinclair was left-handed. However, a defense witness says Sinclair could shoot a handgun with both hands.