Testimony to continue Tuesday for former courthouse employee accused of killing her husband

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Three more witnesses took the stand Monday as the murder trial for a former courthouse employee in Craven County reached its fifth day of testimony.

Sharon Whitford is accused of shooting and killing her husband back in December of 2017.

Monday the state continued to present its case, hoping to wrap it up Tuesday, against the woman who says she was acting in self-defense.

Whitford sat casually in the courtroom throughout the day as those witnesses took the stand.

George Marinez, an investigator with the Craven County Sheriff's Office, concluded his testimony which began last Friday.

Marinez was on scene shortly after the shooting took place. He said blood was found in the couple's bedroom, as well as the kitchen, dining area, and laundry room. He also said that there was at least three apparent bullet holes throughout the house upon his arrival.

Marinez was responsible for photographing and collecting evidence, much of which the jury had an opportunity to see, including shell casings from the shots that were fired.

The state also called Nick Deming from the State Bureau of Investigation who reviewed cell phone records between the defendant and the sheriff's deputy with whom she was having a relationship at the time, as well as between the defendant and the victim.

The state also called a forensics scientist from the North Carolina State Crime Lab to the stand on Monday and will continue calling witnesses when the trial resumes Tuesday morning.

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New witnesses testified Thursday in the trial of an eastern Carolina woman accused of killing her husband in 2017.

Sharon Whitford, who worked for 19 years in the Craven County Clerk of Courts Office, is accused of killing Jimmy Lee Whitford at their home in Ernul back on December 30th, 2017.

Because of her connection to the court system, a special prosecutor and special judge have been brought in to hear the case.

Thursday the court heard from Sergeant Michael Sawyer, who says he listened to Whitford's claim that she shot her husband inside their home following an aggressive domestic dispute between the couple.

Sawyer testified that he looked at the evidence himself and believes the pellets looked like they were shot from outside the house.

As for injuries Whitford claimed were at the hands of her husband, nurses took the stand, where one discussed how a previous write-up about Whitford's CT scan on her head may have been wrong. Although a previous write-up said there were acute findings from the scan, she says that was a typo and that there were no acute findings, consistent with what a radiologist said.

The defense said they found six typos in one nurse's chart for Whitford. The nurses said they use a dictation system where they talk and it translates into writing and that this naturally happens sometimes.

Whitford was arrested in February of 2018 and released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

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A former courthouse employee is standing trial for the 2017 murder of her husband.

Sharon Whitford, who worked for 19 years in the Craven County Clerk of Courts Office, is accused of killing Jimmy Lee Whitford at their home in Ernul back on December 30th, 2017.

Because of her connection to the court system, they have brought in a special prosecutor and special judge to hear the case.

Whitford was very emotional, in tears as the 9-1-1 call placed following the shooting was played in the courtroom for the jury.

That call was made by the victim's brother, Brian Whitford, who was the first witness to be called to the stand Tuesday by the state.

the victim's brother testified that his brother called him to tell him he had been shot twice, and he placed the 9-1-1 call as he raced to the couples home.

In opening statements, the prosecution told the jury the murder took place by a skilled hunter, a woman experienced with guns who knew exactly what she was doing.

Whitford's attorney has previously said the suspect suffered several injuries during a domestic dispute that occurred after her husband discovered she was having an affair with a then-lieutenant with the Craven County Sheriff's Office. It was during that aggressive altercation that they say Whitford pulled the trigger in self-defense.

Whitford was arrested in February of 2018 and was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

As a part of the conditions of her bond, she is not to have any contact with the victim's family, in addition to the suspension of her concealed carry permit.