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Final testimony heard in Abbitt, Albarran murder trial

SALISBURY — Jurors heard the last testimony Monday in the murder trial of Sindy Abbitt and Daniel Albarran, who face life in prison if convicted in the 2016 murder of Lacynda Feimster.

Feimster, 38, was shot in the head at her Crown Point apartment while cradling her 3-year-old autistic son, Meaco. Her mother, Mary Gregory, witnessed the shooting.

Gregory was the first to testify in the weeklong trial, saying Abbitt and Albarran forced their way into the apartment on May 24, 2016, and demanded money from her daughter.

Abbitt and Albarran are each charged with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Feimster was a popular O’Charley’s restaurant waitress and a mother of four.

Gregory told the court she expected her daughter home after a trip to the grocery store.

Feimster arrived home and, when she didn’t immediately come inside, Gregory got worried and went outside. Gregory said she then saw Abbitt and Albarran.

Albarran initially waited in the living room with Gregory and paced the floor, she testified. Abbitt was inside Feimster’s bedroom.

At some point, all of them were in the bedroom and Abbitt struck Gregory with a handgun across the bridge of the nose, Gregory said. Gregory fell to the ground and then came to, she said.

Gregory told jurors she didn’t know how long she was down. She was later taken to the hospital and received stitches for a broken nose.

While on the floor, Feimster clutched her son because he wouldn’t stop crying. According to Gregory’s testimony, Abbitt told Feimster she should’ve just given her the money and then pulled the trigger.

Abbitt and Albarran left, and the next time Gregory saw them was in a photo lineup at the Salisbury Police Department.

A distraught Gregory tried to move her daughter and remove Meaco from Feimster’s grasp, but she couldn’t. She banged on her living room wall hoping her neighbors in the apartment next door would hear. Nobody came.

She called 911, then called her granddaughter, NaKyia Green, who lived a few apartments away.

Jurors listened to a five-minute 911 recording that was at times hard to understand because of Gregory’s screams. The dispatcher could be heard repeatedly telling Gregory to calm down.

Jurors also heard from police Capt. Brian Stallings, who was acting chief at the time of the murder. He said he briefly spoke with Gregory at the hospital and she appeared to be traumatized.

Crime Scene Investigator Victoria Young told the court that she took pictures at the scene.

In her opening statement, Abbitt’s attorney, Teresa Church, told the court her client was at a cookout the evening of the murder. At the close of the trial, Church said her client chose not to introduce evidence.

Gregory testified that Abbitt wore red tennis shoes and a blue shirt with a design on it, but investigators did not find the shirt.

Investigators seized a number of pairs of tennis shoes from Abbitt’s home, but none of them, including a red pair, had blood on them.

Jurors also heard from Salisbury police Detective Brent Hall, who pulled data from both Abbitt and Albarran’s cellphones. Both showed a connection between the two.

Albarran’s attorney, Karen Biernacki, also said her client would not testify on his own behalf or provide evidence in his defense.

The trial will continue today.

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