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Trial begins for Wake Forest man charged with murder

Posted August 24, 2010

— Opening statements began Tuesday in the murder trial of a man who told 911 dispatchers he shot his girlfriend after an argument.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Leslie Edward Smith, 63, argued with Jaquelyn Larue Gore, 48, outside their home at 3 Kelly Pine Court in Wake Forest on July 26, 2009.

At about 2 p.m., Smith called 911 to report that he had shot Gore. When deputies arrived, they found her dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

In the 911 call, Smith can be heard saying, “I shot her point-blank.”

When the dispatcher tried to talk Smith through the process of CPR, he muttered, "This is ridiculous. I just shot her."

According to the warrants, investigators found a handgun on the table and shell casings in the home.


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  • cth1 Aug 24, 2010

    "cth1, do not engage Mugu. He's a troll"

    Thanks for the heads up!! I'll remember that next time. :)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 24, 2010

    When he refused to give CPR, I took that to mean that her chest cavity was "well ventilated" as a result of "point blank" shot...and doing CPR was a lost cause. I thought he was just being realistic about the damage he did.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 24, 2010

    cth1, do not engage Mugu. He's a troll. I think I've seen one comment in the last month that wasn't meant just to inflame.

  • Diabolical Aug 24, 2010

    Least he's honest and told the truth. How hard can it be to find a conviction if he's already admitted to it over the phone. Reason he thought it was ridculous to perform CPR is because he probably thought she was already dead but he felt remorseful and called 911. Got to give him that.

  • Eastern N.C. Native Aug 24, 2010

    After all these comments they still have yet to fix the headline. That's hilarious. I wonder what approach the defense will take since he's obviously confessed to murder.

  • wildcat Aug 24, 2010

    When the dispatcher tried to talk Smith through the process of CPR, he muttered, "This is ridiculous. I just shot her."

    He should be charged with first degree murder. With that statement said, the courts and jury should give this man life in prison. He did not want to even try CPR even though he shot her.

  • DiscoStu65 Aug 24, 2010

    man wake forest man

    excellent journalism!

  • cth1 Aug 24, 2010

    "I wonder what she did to provoke him to shoot her? It must have been something really bad.

    Are you saying she deserved to be shot?? Hope not!! No matter what she did it doesn't justify this man taking her life!!

  • Coach K is still GREAT Aug 24, 2010

    Maybe if his lawyer can get an all non-white jury, he can use this wonderful new law ole Bev' put into place...

  • georgewiles Aug 24, 2010

    By reading these headlines you can tell where education is going.