Trial date set for Mount Pleasant woman charged with father's murder

A judge ruled in August that Simpson wound stand trial. (Source: Live 5)
A judge ruled in August that Simpson wound stand trial. (Source: Live 5)
Police responded on May 9, 2017 to the Simpson home in the I'On community. (Source: Live 5)
Police responded on May 9, 2017 to the Simpson home in the I'On community. (Source: Live 5)
Investigators process the scene at the shooting death of Robert Simpson on May 9, 2017. (Source: Live 5)
Investigators process the scene at the shooting death of Robert Simpson on May 9, 2017. (Source: Live 5)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The trial of the woman accused of fatally shooting her father in the I'On community last May will begin in November, her attorney says.

Brittany Simpson, 32, faces charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to jail records. Simpson was arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of her father, 66-year-old Robert Simpson, at the family home.

Her attorney, Mark Peper, says the trial will begin the week of Nov. 12.

Police responded to the home at 6:03 a.m. on May 9, 2017, after a family member reported waking up and hearing a gunshot. Police say she shot her father at their home on Saturday Road in Mount Pleasant's I'On community.

Investigators said they found Simpson in his bedroom behind his bedroom door suffering a gunshot wound to the chest.

Dive teams from the Charleston Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office were called out to search water in the area of a dock near the Simpson home. The Charleston Police Department's underwater recovery team located a green book bag submerged in the creek which contained a 9 mm handgun, a t-shirt, gym shorts and a 3-pound weight, according to court documents.

Investigators say the gun belonged to Brittany Simpson.

An affidavit states she was seen on surveillance footage an hour before the incident wearing the same clothes found in the bag. In addition, family members identified the clothing as belonging to Simpson because she wore the clothes daily.

A witness told officers they saw a female subject running down the dock at the rear of the home at the time of the incident.

Investigators say Simpson also confessed to shooting her father then going to the dock after the incident.

Court documents say after the shooting, she changed clothes, put them in a backpack with the loaded gun and sunk it in a creek using a dumbbell.

At a preliminary hearing last August, Detective Ashley Goode says Robert Simpson died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Goode testified the motive for the murder was that Brittany Simpson was being evicted from the house and that the shooting happened on what was supposed to be her last day there.

"It was back and forth a heated argument about her staying and her leaving." Goode testified.

Simpson is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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