“It’s just a pretty sad situation”: Woman killed in alleged Athens domestic violence shooting

Police say one person was shot and killed around 4 a.m. Sunday morning.
Published: Jan. 1, 2023 at 8:56 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2023 at 5:09 PM CST
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ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - Early Sunday morning, police arrested 20-year-old Ky’ruan Yarbrough. He’s charged with capital murder for allegedly shooting and killing 26-year-old Alexis Garth.

Police are calling this a domestic violence shooting. Officers arrived at 4 a.m. on Jan. 1 at a home on Oakdale Ridge Lane.

“I heard the dogs barking about 4 o’clock in the morning so I thought they might have wanted to go out but they ran straight to the front door,” Brock Suggs said as he was house-sitting in the home next door at the time.

“So I poked my head out and I just heard some people saying ‘get behind the car, get behind the car, so I shut the door and locked it.”

“When I stood outside there was a body laying on the ground and they were taking away a guy in handcuffs and the grandmother was out there, she was screaming and yelling, she was pretty distraught. Which I can understand,” he said. “And then they kind of taped everything off until nine or ten this morning.”

Kathy Wells was Garth’s other next-door neighbor who works for Crisis Services of North Alabama. They specialize in domestic violence situations.

She wishes she had known Garth was a victim of domestic violence because she could have been able to provide her with help.

“Had I seen the police here before, I would’ve let her know that there’s help out there. But in typical situations, a lot of times victims pretty much stay to themselves. That’s part of the pattern and so I had no idea.”

When officers arrived they say they found Garth in the driveway. She was taken to Huntsville Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Yarbrough is being held in the Limestone County Jail. Athens Police say this is still an active investigation. We’ll continue to bring you updates as we receive them.

In a bond hearing Tuesday, a judge ordered that Yarbrough be held without bond.

If you or anybody you know is in a domestic violence situation, the domestic violence hotline number is 1-800-799-7233.