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Trial begins for Wake Forest man charged with murder

Wake County sheriff's deputies were investigating a fatal shooting Sunday in Wake Forest.

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Leslie Edward Smith
WAKE FOREST, N.C. — 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.