HEBRON, N.Y. – The trial for Kevin Monahan, 66, who stands accused of the murder of 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis, began this week in Washington County court. The incident took place in the rural town of Hebron last April, when Monahan allegedly opened fire on an SUV turning around in his driveway, resulting in the death of Gillis. Monahan is facing charges of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment, and tampering with evidence, with the murder charge carrying a potential sentence of 25 years to life in state prison upon conviction.
Jury selection for the trial started on Monday with potential jurors answering a questionnaire inside the Washington County Courthouse. The process is expected to continue through Wednesday, with opening statements likely to start on Thursday.
According to reports, Gillis was in the vehicle with three friends, searching for a friend’s house when they accidentally drove up Monahan’s driveway. Monahan then allegedly fired two shots, one of which struck Gillis in the neck. Despite efforts by her friends and emergency workers to save her, Gillis tragically succumbed to her injuries.
Attorney Kurt Mausert, representing Monahan, has argued that the fatal shot was fired accidentally. The trial is being prosecuted by Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan and is anticipated to last at least two weeks before County Court Judge Adam Michelini.
The trial has garnered significant attention due to the tragic nature of the incident and the legal implications for the accused. The community awaits the outcome of the trial as justice is sought for Kaylin Gillis and her loved ones.