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Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- A Columbia woman accused of murdering her estranged husband in 2010 appeared in court Tuesday.

Shellie Davis is accused of killing Jermaine Davis, in 2010 near West Columbia. The couple is said to have been estranged in the period leading up to the murder.

Jermaine Davis was found in an apartment in West Columbia in September 2010 by a roommate with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Prosecutors say Shellie Davis, days later, fled to North Carolina days after the murder of Jermaine Davis, shooting herself in the head outside the home of an acquaintance.

In court Tuesday morning, defense attorney's Aimee Zmroczek and Wade Dowtin asked Judge William Keesley to dismiss the case saying that they had not received information from the 11th Circuit Solicitor's office pertaining to a witness.

Judge Keesley denied the motion.

The trial was delayed, however, after the defense asked for a continuance saying they had not been able to contact the witness, a woman serving in the military in Afghanistan.

The defense said they planned to use a self-defense claim, stating that Shellie Davis had been battered.

No date for the continuance of proceedings pending the contact of the witness.

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