Ross County Sheriff's Office and Chillicothe Police Department/AP
July 13, 2016 06:00 PM

A murder trial has started for a man accused of fatally shooting an Ohio woman, one of a string of deaths and disappearances that have hung over the city of Chillicothe, Ohio, PEOPLE confirms.

Jason McCrary, 38, is charged in the May, 2015 death of 38-year-old Timberly Claytor, court officials tell PEOPLE. Claytor’s death is one of several cases in Chillicothe that have garnered national attention: Six women have been killed or reported missing since May of 2014, a disproportionate figure for a town of less than 25,000, which is located about 45 miles outside Columbus.

The cases were the subject of Investigation Discovery’s docu-series, The Vanishing Women.

It is believed at least three of the missing or dead women from Chillicothe knew each other “in passing,” and ran in the same social circles where drug abuse was prevalent, police previously told PEOPLE.

McCrary has pleaded not guilty, according to court officials.

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On Tuesday, three witnesses for the prosecution testified, placing Claytor, a mother-of-five, in the car McCrary was allegedly driving hours before her murder, the Chilicothe Gazette reports.

One witness, Jessica Lowry, testified that she was partying with Claytor, McCrary and two other women the night of Claytor’s death and that Claytor and McCrary got into an argument about Claytor’s alleged use of the last of their supply of crack cocaine, the paper reports.

Lowry said McCrary slowed the car to a crawl in a lot outside an abandoned building, and when Claytor tried to get out, McCrary allegedly shot her, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The paper reports Lowry was trembling and crying during much of her testimony.

McCrary’s attorney, Gregory Meyers, could not be reached for comment by press time.

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