Woman charged in girlfriend’s stabbing death in court

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The woman charged with killing her girlfriend in Madison last month was in court on Wednesday. 

Kirsty Geary, 29, is accused of stabbing 24-year-old Ashley Yarbrough to death on Jan. 21.

According to a relative, the two women were dating.

A witness took the stand and said the victim was staying at her apartment the night she was killed.

She said the victim and the defendant started arguing the day before the incident through text messages, and things escalated into physical fighting between the two women. 

The witness told the court that her boyfriend locked them outside to fight because they didn’t want them fighting inside the apartment.

“I think they were out there for maybe like four minutes, and then Kirsty started knocking on the door like beating on the door, crying, saying ‘Bella help me,'” the witnesses said in court. “I didn’t want to hurt her like she kept coming after me — and you know, I didn’t realize it was serious.”

The woman said she also heard Ashley through the door yelling that she was hurt.

“So I opened the door and I saw blood, and Ashley was sitting up on the steps like at the bottom of the steps holding like her leg or something and she was still conscious at this point — she was talking and everything.”

The woman said Kristy called 911, and she and her boyfriend left. 

According to police, Ashley Yarbrough was found at the bottom of a stairwell in the C Building at Neely’s Bend Condominiums.

Kirsty Geary is charged with criminal homicide. A judge bound over the case to a grand jury and set a new bond of $200,000. 

That witness is still on the stand now, and you’ll hear more of her testimony later on News 2. 

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