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Man Fatally Shoots 67-Year-Old Woman Driving To Meet Him Following ‘Online Marketplace’ Transaction

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31-year-old Troy Marquise Gillard has been apprehended in North Carolina after being accused of killing a 67-year-old woman. The woman was fatally shot after she was traveling to meet Gillard. The two had planned a transaction through an online marketplace.

On Wednesday, Gillard was taken into custody. He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting and killing of Kathryn Garton Holmes.

Gillard is also being charged with robbery with a firearm, discharging a firearm into occupied property, being a felony in possession of a firearm, and being a fugitive from justice.

On May 24, officers with the Greensboro Police Department answered to a potential shooting and car wreck. This occurred in the 500 block of Denny Road. When they arrived to the location, they discovered Holmes’ vehicle wrecked into a ditch. She seemed to have had a gunshot injury to the neck.

Holmes was transported to a medical facility. Two days later, she died from her injuries.

Authorities say that Holmes had gone to the area for the transaction that was made with Gillard on an online marketplace site. She was shot as she tried to sell something to him although it isn’t known exactly what that item was.

Documents show that Holmes had been driving her 2022 Volkswagen Toas SUV when the bullet hit her in the neck, resulting in her being paralyzed. Afterwards, she couldn’t take her foot off the accelerator. This made her drive into the ditch and wreck.

Arrest records show the Gillard took Holmes’ engagement ring and wedding band, worth about $10,515.

Gillard, who had previously pled guilty to one count of first-degree felony carjacking, was found and apprehended on Wednesday.

He was placed in the Guilford County Jail without bond and is set to appear in court again on October 1.

If he is found guilty, Gillard could receive life in prison without the chance of parole or the death penalty.



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