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Wake Forest man found guilty of girlfriend's murder

Posted September 1, 2010

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— A Wake County jury on Wednesday found Leslie Edward Smith, 63, guilty of shooting his girlfriend outside their Wake Forest home last summer.

According to the warrant for his arrest, Smith argued with Jaquelyn Larue Gore, 48, outside their home at 3 Kelly Pine Court 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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  • Stormy13 Sep 2, 2010

    This is such a sad story. I remember Jaquelyn when she sang with her dad Jackie Gore, who was once with the Embers. Just a bad end to a beautiful life! This verdict certainly wouldn't bring her back, wonder what his sentence will be?

  • Ol Forrester Sep 2, 2010

    My question is, what was he convicted of: first degree murder, second degree murder or discharge of a firearm in city limits? This is really poorly written.

  • onthebeach2 Sep 1, 2010

    She was NOT his girlfriend! Unfortunately, she was just temporily staying with him until she could find another place to live.

  • Lickad Sep 1, 2010

    I guess the old adage is true here that hell hath no fury like a man scorned.