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Gainesville man indicted in Norton Drive fatal shooting of woman
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Christopher Vargas Zayas

A Gainesville man was indicted less than three weeks after police believe he shot and killed a woman he lived with at a Gainesville apartment, according to court documents.

A Hall County grand jury handed down an indictment Monday, Sept. 24, for Christopher Vargas-Zayas, 21, who is accused of shooting Carly Dorian Andrews, 26.

He was charged in the indictment with malice murder, felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act.

Gainesville Police said Vargas-Zayas was believed to be Andrews’ boyfriend, and they lived together on Norton Drive in the Glenn Cove Apartments.

Officers responded around 2 p.m. Sept. 6 to a call regarding what was initially reported as a potential self-inflicted or accidental shooting.

Andrews died at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

Investigators took out more warrants against Vargas-Zayas on Sept. 10.

The warrants allege Vargas Zayas had “approximately 40 grams of marijuana … scales and packaging material with intent to distribute it.” The gun charge claims Vargas Zayas had a 9mm handgun “within arm’s reach during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.”

Defense attorney Larry Duttweiler previously told The Times he hoped to have a preliminary hearing to challenge “whether any evidence exists as to an intentional act.”

The indictment came before a chance of said hearing.

Duttweiler said he did not know enough yet to comment further.