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Phoenix man to be sentenced for killing ex-girlfriend

Thomas Moton. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Thomas Moton. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A Phoenix man will learn his fate after being convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend just as she was leaving her daughter's eighth-grade graduation.

Thomas Moton will be sentenced for his first-degree murder conviction Friday afternoon and could get life in prison.

He shot and killed Tekesha Barns as she sat in her car in the parking lot of Westview High School in Avondale on May 25, 2012.

Police said Barnes had taken out an order of protection May 21 after repeated threats by Moton.

On the afternoon of the shooting, surveillance video showed Moton parking his black motorcycle in the southwest corner of the school parking lot, away from Barnes' vehicle, and walking toward the car just before 1:45 p.m.

The surveillance camera angle changed and showed the victim and three family members walking with a security guard toward their car. The tape then shows the security guard breaking away and the family getting into the car.

Moton emerged from between two cars, moved to the front of Barnes' vehicle and pointed a raised arm at the windshield. Police said it was unclear in the video if Moton was holding a gun.

Barnes was taken to a hospital where she died from her wounds. Police said a .45-caliber handgun was used.

Police said Moton and Barnes had a history of domestic violence and the couple had two children together. Records show Moton was arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident involving Barnes in 2007.

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