On Tuesday, December 3rd, opening statements began in the murder trial of 47-year-old Juan Carlos Gallardo of Lubbock, who is accused of killing his girlfriend, 28-year-old Yvette Ellis back in 2017.

Police say that it appears there was a verbal argument between the two, and a firearm was brought out. The two fought over it, and it discharged during the struggle, striking Ellis and killing her. Gallardo called 911 to report the shooting.

Prosecutors say that Ellis had been previously seen with injuries to her face and neck, which are consistent with domestic violence. They also say that her death wasn't an accident, as she was "on her knees and executed in her own kitchen."

Gallardo claims that both he and Ellis were standing when the gun fired.

KAMC News reports that testimony is set to continue Wednesday.

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