Maryland

Wicomico Co. man convicted of murder in new trial for 1980 killing of Darlene Simms

SALISBURY, Md. - A Wicomico County man who was found guilty in 1980 of killing his estranged wife has been convicted again in a new trial after the state found problems with his last trial.

On Wednesday the jury found 75-year-old Charles Simms guilty of first degree murder.

Back in 1980, Simms shot his estranged wife, Darlene Simms, in the back of the head inside their Parsonsburg trailer.

Though he was originally convicted more than three decades ago, the state granted him a new trial due to problems with the original trial's jury instructions, the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office said.

Over the past two days, Simms' children have reportedly taken the stand to testify. The jury also heard from witnesses who testified in the original trial 37 years ago. 

In the original trial Simms was sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing for his new conviction is set for June 1st.


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