Man Faces Death Penalty in Girlfriend’s Murder: DA

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013  |  Updated 6:12 PM EDT
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Man Faces Death Penalty in Girlfriend’s Murder: DA

Chester County District Attorney

Gregory Twyman, 44, is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend.

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The Chester County District Attorney will seek the death penalty against a man who allegedly shot  his longtime girlfriend to death inside at their home.

Gregory Twyman, 44, is charged with criminal homicide as well as first-, second- and third-degree murder and weapons offenses in the May 21 death of Jamica Woods.

The District Attorney's Office said its seeking the death penalty because of Twyman's history of "felony convictions involving the use or threat of violence to the person."

Detective Gerald Davis testified that Twyman told investigators that the two had been fighting for days, and that morning she was trying to compel him to leave the house.

He alleged that the victim was holding a handgun, but not pointing it at him, and he grabbed it but he later fired a shotgun.

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Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan called it the shooting "premeditated and cruel."

"This was not an argument, this was a pre-planned execution," Hogan said.

Hogan said that Twyman took his time to reload the shotgun to deliver a second shot.

Twyman told police that after weeks of fighting he decided to shoot Woods, 37, with shotgun shells he bought "last week at Wal-Mart."

The day before the homicide police say that Twyman made his Facebook profile photo a shotgun shell and the banner photo of his own shotgun, according to the affidavit.

Twyman told a friend that threatened to report the photos that it was "gon be too late," according to investigators.

Investigators say the Woods took an emergency protective order against Twyman last December but that she for whatever reason never signed a permanent order of protection.

Woods was Twyman's long time partner and mother of his child, according to investigators.

 


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