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Nash Man Gets Life for Murder, Kidnapping

Posted March 20, 2008

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— A jury handed out a life sentence to Nash County man who admitted to breaking into a trailer on the night its resident was shot to death.

Nezar "Sam" Yarborough, 24, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the death of Derek Thomas Smith, of Sharspburg, on April 17, 2006.

Yarborough's defense attorney conceded that Yarborough and Jerry O'Neil, 22, broke into a Sharpsburg trailer where Smith lived. However, his lawyer argued that Yarborough was being attacked and trying to escape when the gun was accidentally fired.

Smith died instantly when a bullet hit his face.

Jurors also found Yarborough guilty of two counts of first-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree kidnapping. They acquitted him of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

After deliberating for a little under two hours, the jury sentenced Yarborough to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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  • bossman63076 Mar 21, 2008

    Guilty of all those charges he should have been given the death penalty and nothing less. Now the taxpayers will provide his housing, food, and medical until they decide the prisons are overcrowded again then we will return to society to inflict harm again. Somebody answer the question of why are the lawyers or the jury members affraid to place a death penalty upon these criminals. It sure would make this world a better place. I can't wait until I am called for jury duty it will not be pretty.