Yaya Gil said she watched her boyfriend die after he was shot multiple times while confronting burglary suspects outside the couple’s Mableton home. Now, she and two others face aggravated assault and murder charges after police determined the woman set up her boyfriend’s murder. 
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Mableton woman accused of orchestrating boyfriend’s murder denied bond

A Cobb County woman accused of setting up the burglary and subsequent murder of her live-in boyfriend was denied bond during a court appearance Tuesday.

Yainerys “Yaya” Gil, 23, allegedly orchestrated the July killing of George Anthony Vela, who was gunned down outside his Mableton home after taking his family to see the new “Lion King” movie, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

When they arrived home, the couple called police to report their home had been broken into, authorities said previously. 

After officers filed a report and left, Vela spotted a suspicious vehicle parked down the street from their home on Hickory Trail. The father of two reportedly confronted the people inside the car after noticing they had some of his belongings, authorities said. 

He was shot multiple times before dying in his girlfriend’s arms, an emotional Gil told Channel 2 in an interview shortly after Vela’s death.

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“I just held him, and I already knew,” Gil told the news station. “I hope you know the damage you’ve caused, and we’ll find you.”

The following month, Gil and two men were behind bars on felony murder and aggravated assault charges in connection with Vela’s death. 

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Cobb police said Gil conspired with two 19-year-olds — Christopher Gutierrez of Smyrna and Zackary Franks of Mableton — to have Vela killed. 

Christopher Gutierrez (left), Zackary Franks
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

In addition to setting up the shooting, investigators believe Gil kept Gutierrez and Franks updated on her family’s whereabouts that night. 

A Cobb police detective testified Tuesday that Franks and Gil were romantically involved, and that Franks bragged in a text message that he was finally able to use his gun, according to Channel 2.

All three suspects remain held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center, jail records show. 

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