Man convicted of gunning down ex-girlfriend at Franklinton ATM

August 3, 2018

Opening statements in the trial of Garry Yarborough, who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in 2015.

A Franklin County jury on Thursday found Garry Yarborough guilty of ambushing his ex-girlfriend at an ATM in Franklinton three years ago and killing her.

Yarborough was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the first-degree murder conviction. He also was convicted of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a weapon into occupied property. He will serve an additional 32 to 41 years in prison for those crimes.

Witnesses to the July 2015 confrontation said Williams, who had previously sought a protective order against Yarborough, shot him once when he approached her in a shopping center parking lot in Franklinton. Her gun then jammed, and he chased her down and shot her in the head.

Yarborough’s attorney said the meeting at the ATM was to discuss their relationship and that he pulled a gun only when she frightened him.

Williams’ mother testified during the trial of a history of violence between her daughter and Yarborough. In addition to seeking a protective order against him, Williams changed her vehicle, purchased a gun and took conceal-carry permit classes, her mother said.

After Williams died, Yarborough went to the home of a nurse he knew to seek treatment for the gunshot wound she left in his leg. Authorities said he held the woman at gunpoint to demand first aid.

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