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LOUISBURG -- The case against a man accused of killing his estranged girlfriend was expected to be in the hands of the jury by press time for this edition at mid-afternoon on Wednesday.
After about two weeks in court, defense attorneys began making closing statements on Wednesday morning, arguing, among other things, how Tracy Williams' actions leading up to and the day of July 26, 2015 mitigated the actions of Garry Yarborough.
Through the trial and following the defense's closing arguments, prosecutors allege that Yarborough's calculated actions are the only things the jury should consider in the case.
Authorities arrested Yarborough the day after the shooting, charging him with first degree murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, possession of a firearm by felon, breaking and entering and burning of personal property.
Authorities allege those charges stem from Yarborough's fatal meeting with Williams on July 26, 2015, and what happened in the few hours after.
According to evidence presented in court, along with testimony, Williams and Yarborough agreed to meet on the day in question and were seen having an apparent conversation, according to video from an ATM at the Food Lion parking lot where the incident took place.
About 10 minutes into the footage, a struggle ensues and Williams fires a shot from a 9-mm gun, hitting Yarborough in the leg.
Court testimony and evidence showed the two then struggled for a .40-caliber gun he had in his waistband.
Yarborough is able to get the gun, according to investigators, evidence and testimony, before chasing Williams down and shooting her in the back of the head.
After shooting Williams, investigators allege Yarborough left the scene and drove about four miles away and broke into the home of a nurse, Yarborough's former air-conditioning client, assaulted her, demanded she provide medical attention and intended to kidnap the woman before she was able to lock him out of the house.
Yarborough left, but before he did, authorities allege he fired two shots inside the Cornerstone Drive home. The occupant was not hit.
During his escape attempt, Franklinton police said, Yarborough set fire to the sport utility vehicle he was driving, in an apparent attempt to conceal evidence.
The vehicle -- which belonged to a girlfriend -- was found near the intersection of Perry and Old Halifax roads -- about 22 miles southeast of the Cornerstone Drive home.
Franklinton and Wake county authorities located Yarborough at a Raleigh hotel about 12 hours after the shooting.
Following a number of legal team changes and mental health evaluations, the case against Yarborough began on July 16 -- nearly three years after the incident.
During the trial, District Attorney Mike Waters and Assistant District Attorney Allison Capps argued and presented evidence that they allege proves Yarborough acted in a calculated manner and was aware of the actions he took prior to the shooting and afterward, as he attempted to elude capture.
Defense attorneys Stephen Freedman and Christine Malumphy argued and presented evidence that suggested Yarborough suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, prompted by a childhood scarred by substance abuse by his mother when he was younger and two shootings that he survived.
And Yarborough took the stand in his own defense, testifying that Williams extorted him for more than $10,000 in exchange for her dropping domestic violence charges she took out in Johnston and Wake counties in the time leading up to the fatal shooting.
Following closing arguments, which were expected to go through the early afternoon on Wednesday, the case would then be in the hands of the jury for deliberation.
Any verdict announced before the next edition of The Franklin Times would be made available on our website, thefranklintimes.com, in the Breaking News section.