From left to right are Christopher Gutierrez, Yainerys Gil and Zackary Franks.
Photo: WSB-TV
Photo: WSB-TV

Girlfriend, 2 others indicted on murder charge in Cobb father’s death

A Cobb County woman has been indicted on charges stemming from the fatal shooting of her live-in boyfriend near their Mableton home.

A Cobb grand jury indicted Yainerys Gil and her two alleged accomplices, Zachary Mason Franks and Christopher Michael Gutierrez, on one count each of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and burglary in the first degree, Superior Court records show.

George Anthony Vela, 24, was shot by a person inside a parked car near his home on Hickory Trail in Mableton, police said. Vela and his family returned home after seeing “The Lion King” to find their home had been broken into, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Cobb police initially responded to the burglary call around 1 a.m. July 22 and left after filing an incident report. However, about 10 minutes after police left, Vela saw a suspicious car parked near the home and went to check out the vehicle, Channel 2 Action News reported. He allegedly found his shoes, clothes and other items inside the car.

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Vela confronted the driver, who police believe shot him multiple times. Vela was pronounced dead at the scene. Gil, 23, told Channel 2 that she held her high school sweetheart in her arms as he took his last breath. 

“I just held him, and I already knew,” Gil told the news station.

According to an arrest warrant obtained in August by Cobb police, Gil conspired with Franks and Gutierrez, both 19, “to have the victim killed and did notify them about the victim’s location throughout the day and night.” 

No motive on the fatal shooting was provided by Cobb police. Gil, Franks and Gutierrez were arrested and booked into the Cobb County jail where they remain held without bond. 


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