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More charges added for man accused of fatally shooting girlfriend
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Christopher Vargas Zayas

Police added more charges for a Gainesville man accused of fatally shooting a woman Thursday, Sept. 6, at an apartment in Gainesville.

Gainesville Police responded at 2 p.m. Thursday to a call about a possible self-inflicted or accidental shooting.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said Carly Dorian Andrews, 26, suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. She was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she died.

Investigators obtained a warrant Thursday for Christopher Vargas Zayas, 21, of Gainesville, the victim’s reported boyfriend, who is accused of shooting her with a handgun and charged with murder.

On Monday, Sept. 10, the investigator also took out warrants for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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 arms reach during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.”

Attorney Larry Duttweiler said he plans to challenge “whether any evidence exists as to an intentional act” at a preliminary hearing in the coming weeks.

Holbrook said police believe Andrews and Vargas Zayas were living together at 1750 Norton Drive in the Glenn Cove Apartments, where the shooting occurred.

Police have not released any new information on why Vargas-Zayas was suspected.

Vargas Zayas was transported to the Hall County Jail, and the case remains under investigation.