San Clemente Doctor Charged With Murder in 2016 Death of His Wife

San Clemente Doctor Charged With Murder in 2016 Death of His Wife

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A San Clemente doctor has been charged with one count of murder in the 2016 death of his wife.

Dr. Eric Scott Sills, 53, San Clemente, was arrested on Thursday, April 25 by homicide investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD).

Deputies were called to a residence on the 10 block of Via Cancion in the city of San Clemente in the early morning hours of November 13, 2016. Dr. Sills told deputies that he woke up to find his wife, Susann Sills, 45, of San Clemente, deceased at the bottom of the stairs after an apparent fall. Deputies secured the scene and due to the unknown nature of the death, the OCSD Homicide unit was called to investigate.

In November 2017, after an extensive investigation including an autopsy, the OCSD Coroner division determined that the death was a homicide.

Since that time, OCSD Homicide investigators in conjunction with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office have continued to investigate the death of Susann Sills.  In April 2019, as information continued to develop, an arrest warrant was issued for Dr. Eric Scott Sills, 53, of San Clemente.

Dr. Sills was on his way to work when he was arrested on April 25, 2019 on suspicion of murder and booked into the Orange County Jail.  He posted a $1 million bail on April 29. He is scheduled to be arraigned on May 23.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Elisabeth Hatcher is prosecuting this case.