Dr. Eric Scott Sills, a fertility doctor, is currently on trial for the alleged murder of his wife, Susann Sills, in their San Clemente home. The prosecutor argued that Dr. Sills strangled his wife and staged her body to make it appear as if she had a fatal fall down the stairs. Dr. Sills denies any involvement in foul play.
The couple had been married for over 10 years and worked together at the Center for Advanced Genetics, a fertility clinic in Carlsbad. Dr. Sills handled the medical work while Susann managed the business side. They had 12-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.
On the morning of November 13, 2016, Dr. Sills called 911, reporting that he and his daughter had discovered Susann’s injured body at the bottom of the stairs after an apparent fall. However, the prosecutor argued that the injuries on Susann’s face and neck were not consistent with a fall. The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.
During the trial, evidence of marital strife was presented, including a bet Susann lost in a chat room, resulting in her posting a topless photo of herself. Text messages were also revealed, in which Susann expressed frustration and a desire to leave the relationship.
The prosecutor highlighted that the estimated time of Susann’s death was around 5 a.m., more than an hour and a half before the 911 call. Bloodstains and a clump of hair were found in the daughter’s bedroom, indicating a struggle.
Dr. Sills’ defense attorney argued that the injuries were the result of a tragic accident caused by a combination of medications Susann was taking for a migraine. The defense also suggested that the family’s dogs may have tugged on a scarf Susann was wearing, contributing to the injuries.
The trial continues, and the exact motive for the alleged murder remains unclear. Dr. Sills has been free on $1 million bail since his arrest in April 2019.