Former Harriman Resident and World Renowned Fertility Doctor Sentenced in Wife’s Death

Dr. E. Scott Sills, a 1983 Harriman High Graduate, who was a world renowned fertility doctor, was convicted of strangling his wife and saying she had fallen down the stairs of their home in 2016.

A doctor from Southern California, convicted of strangling his wife and subsequently reporting to 911 that she had accidentally fallen down the stairs, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Friday, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

E. Scott Sills, a fertility specialist, was found guilty of second-degree murder in December for the death of his wife, Susann Sills.

Sills’ defense attorney contended that Susann did indeed fall down the stairs at their San Clemente residence, suggesting that migraines and painkillers might have caused her disorientation.

However, prosecutors pointed to bloodstains on the bedroom wall and curtains, and a clump of her hair, as indicators of a struggle.

On the morning of November 16, 2016, Sills made a 911 call claiming his wife seemed to have taken a fall down the stairs, the district attorney’s office reported.

The evidence, however, indicated she had been strangled, said the prosecutors.

Sills was apprehended and indicted in 2019.

District Attorney Todd Spitzer stated, “Mr. Sills not only murdered his wife but also attempted to conceal his heinous act.”

The 15-year to life sentence handed down to Sills was the maximum for the conviction.

Sills graduated from Harriman High School in 1983, followed by Roane State Community College in 1985, before earning a degree from Vanderbilt University in 1987. Subsequently, Sills pursued medical studies at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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