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Man Charged With Murder After Shooting a 20-year-old Passenger Who Turned Around in His Driveway

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Kevin Monahan is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis when she and her friends turned around in his driveway while looking for someone's house in Hebron, New York. Kaylin and her friends were reportedly driving in the rural area and got lost while trying to find their friend's home. Adam Matthews, a neighbor who runs a body shop near Kevin's home, told AP News that he didn't like people turning around in his driveway, "he had become more and more upset in recent years at people making wrong turns into his driveway." "I'm just a bit overwhelmed. It is a tragic event."

Kaylin was reportedly dead on arrival when authorities got to the scene. Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy told AP News, "Gillis and her friends got lost while going to another friend's nearby house. They were driving two cars and a motorcycle when they turned into Monahan's driveway. As they realized the mistake and turned around, Monahan fired two gunshots at them as they drove away. Murphy said that one of the bullets struck the rear of the car Gillis was in and hit her, causing a fatal injury."

Photos of the scene of the crime scene/Monahan's property. Photo from the NY Post

Monhan's attorney Kurt Mausert made the following statement to ABC/WTEN in his defense, "three vehicles, one of them a loud motorcycle, that are described as coming up my client's long driveway -- a 3-mile driveway -- at a high rate of speed, shining their lights in his house late at night." In his defense, the homeowner Monahan made the following statement: "Had no idea who they were, what they were doing there. It was not a simple drive in, turn around, drive out, that's being portrayed again by the sheriff. So, the facts of this case are going to have to come out through both witness interviews and the analysis of forensic evidence. It is way too soon to be pronouncing guilt and be pronouncing what someone is thinking, and whether they were entitled to feel fear, or whether they weren't."

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