World Renowned Fertility Doctor and former Harriman resident, charged with murder

Dr. Eric Scott Sills, 54

A California fertility doctor was charged with murder on Friday in the killing of his wife more than two years ago, a report said.

Eric Scott Sills, 54, was arrested Thursday in connection to the Nov. 13, 2016, death of his 45-year-old wife, Susann Stephanie Arsuaga Sills, the Orange County Register reported, citing jail records. Sills was being held on $1 million bail.

Several details in the case remained unclear, including the woman’s cause of death, a motive for the murder and what led to the doctor’s arrest last week.

Susann Stephanie Arsuaga Sills

Sills is the medical director of the Center for Advanced Genetics fertility clinic in Carlsbad, according to the Register. His wife was the center’s managing partner and co-founder. They were the parents of twins.

Holding a doctorate from London’s University of Westminster and a medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Sills practiced in-vitro fertilization in Europe and the U.S., authoring books on the topic, the paper reported, citing an online biography. He was also part of a team that discovered three previously unknown human gene mutations.

Sills is a 1983 Harriman High School graduate, as well as a 1985 graduate of Roane State Community College before attending Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1987. Sills then attended the University of Tennessee Medical School at 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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