PICKENS, S.C. -
Two people arrested and charged in the murder of Sena Dinneen testified against the man who they say shot and killed him.
Nyia Utsey and Kayla Williams each testified against Tavish Yeargin during the second day of Yeargin's murder trial on Tuesday. According to our coverage partners at the Anderson Independent-Mail, Utsey and Williams testified that they were with Yeargin on the parking lot of Crosswell Baptist Church in Pickens County when he shot and killed Dinneen on September 17, 2011.
The newspaper reports that Utsey, Yeargin's sister, testified that Yeargin, 'pulled that gun out and shot Sean Dinneen.' She stated that she saw her brother load a long gun earlier in the night before they met up with Dinneen to look at his car and take if for a test drive.
Williams, Utsey's ex-girlfriend, later testified that she agreed to go along with Yeargin's plans to steal two cars from Dinneen, who was a former roommate of Yeargin. She stated that one of Dinneen's cars did not work so Utsey and Williams took Dinneen's Pontiac Grand Prix for a test drive with Dinneen in the backseat. She added that Yeargin followed the car in Williams' Ford Mustang and using turn signals as signals.
They added that Utsey, Williams and Dinneen ended up in the church parking lot and at some point Dinneen recognized his former roommate and sensed something was wrong. The women stated that Dinneen ran out from the back seat of his Grand Prix and began to struggle with Williams in an effort to get her out of the car. They said that is when Yeargin pulled up in the Mustang and shot Dinneen once.
The Grand Prix was found later in Greenville. Yeargin, Utsey and Williams were found a few days later in Asheville, North Carolina, after they had allegedly evaded a chase in Travelers Rest and robbed a bank in the city of Spartanburg.
The trial will continue on Wednesday morning.
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