TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for fatally shooting a woman.
A Leon County judge sentenced Jarvis McBride, 31, after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder.
McBride and Ashleigh Jacobs, 26, got into a fight at a garbage facility in March 2012. In closing arguments, Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell described a scene where a drunk and defenseless Jacobs was in a fight for her life. Jacobs locked herself inside her car, but McBride shot her through the rear driver-side door as she reached for her cell phone. The Tallahassee Democrat (http://on.tdo.com/11Re0K5 ) reports that Jacobs' body was found the next morning with seven gunshot wounds.
Campbell pointed the number of shots fired as evidence of McBride's desire to kill Jacobs.
"He fired it again and again and again, each time making the decision to end her life," Campbell said.
McBride's defense attorney, Chuck Collins, said surveillance video showed at least two people in the car at the transfer station that night. He said two men who were with McBride earlier in the night could be responsible for the shooting. Collins said the two men made up an alibi about delivering newspapers in order to pin it on McBride.
The defense attorney also said the surveillance video does not support the prosecution's claims that Jacobs was shot from the driver-side rear door.
Information from: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, http://www.tdo.com