Day 2: Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

Day 2: Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

FRANKLIN COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Prosecutors began presenting evidence Tuesday in the trial of 39-year-old Greg Burroughs.

Burroughs, of Laurel, is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair. Burroughs claims Sinclair shot herself.

Sinclair was found shot in the head inside her car at Burroughs' home in Laurel on June 1, 2017, after Burroughs called the police. Sinclair died the next day.

The jury was seated, and opening arguments were on Monday in the Franklin County Courthouse in Meadville.

The prosecution's first witness to take the stand was the first Laurel Police Department officer on the scene the night of the shooting, who said Burroughs was at the end of the driveway flagging him down when he made it to the home. His bodycam footage was played for the jury.

The video played while jurors heard one police officer in the video saying, "I've got one white female single gunshot wound to the head. She's breathing, but unresponsive."

The jury saw Sinclair slumped over in the driver's seat of her car with a pistol in her hand and a green rag over the bottom part of her face inside Gregory Burroughs' garage.

"I could see she was taking short shallow breaths and could hear her breathing," former LPD officer Stephen Graeser testified.

The state continued with its witnesses and their testimonies throughout the day. Jurors heard from officers who responded to the call as well as the medical examiner who performed Sinclair's autopsy. The entire case from both sides, based on circumstantial evidence.

"You noticed what appeared to you, as you said, to be blood on the door going into the kitchen. It's a small amount of blood, but you appeared it to be blood?" Jones County District Attorney Anthony Buckley asked Graeser.

"It appeared to be," Graeser answered.

Transcripts and reports were read aloud, plus pictures and videos continued to be shown from both sides, including cross-examination by the defense.

"Officer Graeser was then advised to transport Burroughs to the Jones County Jail with the charge of murder," Graeser read aloud from documented paperwork.

After more than a year of investigations, both the state and the defense are trying to prove the manner of Sinclair's death.

"Based on what you found on the scene, is it consistent with suicide?" Defense Attorney Tracy Klein asked Graeser.

"Its possible," Graeser answered.

"Is that a yes?" Klein said.

"It's possible," Graeser replied. "It is very possible she could have shot herself from what I saw at the scene."

The medical examiner did testify that the one definite is the cause of death, which was a gunshot wound to the head.

The state is expected to have multiple witnesses presented in the trial. As for Burroughs, two witnesses will take the stand, a forensic pathologist and a friend of Kathrine Sinclair.

The trial will resume on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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