Day 5: Lead investigator testifies in Burroughs manslaughter trial

Day 5: Lead investigator testifies in Burroughs manslaughter trial
Burroughs, of Laurel, is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair. (Photo source: WDAM)
Burroughs, of Laurel, is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair. (Photo source: WDAM)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The manslaughter trial of Greg Burroughs continued in Franklin County on Friday.

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.

Lead investigator Sgt. Michael Reeves of the Laurel Police Department took the stand Friday and testified that Sinclair had five glasses of wine at dinner prior to the shooting and Burroughs had five beers. Jurors learned on Wednesday that autopsy results showed Sinclair had a blood alcohol content of .195 the night of her death.

Reeves testified that the gun holster in Sinclair's car was taken into evidence, but it was lost. Reeves said the evidence room was flooded during a thunderstorm and the holster could not be located.

It was revealed that there is no DNA evidence linking Burroughs to the gun used in the shooting. Jurors were also told about the argumentative text messages between Sinclair and Burroughs leading up to her death in which both threaten each other.

Surveillance video showing the last images of Sinclair alive was shown to the jurors on Friday. In the video, Sinclair and Burroughs can be seen entering Murphy Express on Highway 15 in Laurel around 8:16 p.m., just minutes before the shooting. Reeves said it was about eight minutes from Burroughs' home.

Video of Burroughs and Sinclair at The Loft in Laurel was also shown to the jury. In the video, Burroughs is seen wearing a different shirt than what he had on when police arrived.

The clothes Burroughs' wore on the night of the shooting were tested and no blood was found on them. Sinclair's sleeveless shirt she had on at the time of the shooting was not submitted into evidence.

Reeves said that the shirt was cut off to administer medical attention and that the shirt must have been disposed of by South Central Regional Medical Center or the ambulance service.

Video of Reeves interviewing Burroughs was also shown to the jury. The video was shot at the Laurel Police Department around two hours after the 911 call.

The defense called on a forensic pathologist to take the stand on Friday. Both parties agreed he was an expert prior to his testimony.

The pathologist testified that all the material he looked at pointed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The state said, based on the bullet track and rear window bullet hole, that Sinclair's head had to be turned to an angle, rotated to her left side towards the opened door. The forensic pathologist agreed.

Wesley Dickerson, a friend of Sinclair who saw her just days before her death, testified on Thursday that Sinclair came to his home in Clarke County to hide from Burroughs. Dickerson said Sinclair told him Burroughs had beaten and threatened to kill her.

During Wednesday's testimony, it was revealed that Sinclair was reaching out to area mental health facilities for help. Prior to her death, Sinclair had sent a text message to her father saying she believed she had early signs of schizophrenia.

The trial is scheduled to continue on Monday.

For more background on the case, check out our coverage of testimony from earlier this week:

Day 1: Opening arguments made in Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

Day 2: Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

Day 3: Greg Burroughs manslaughter trial

Day 4: Friends of Katherine Sinclair take the stand

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