A New York man has been found guilty of murder after a 20-year-old woman was shot and killed when her car turned the wrong way.


Kevin Monahan was found guilty of second-degree murder Tuesday for shooting and killing a woman who was a passenger in a car He accidentally drove into his driveway in rural New York last year, according to Katherine Thompson, deputy clerk of Washington County Superior Court.

Monahan had pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence in the death of 20-year-old Kaylyn Gillis on April 15, 2023. He was found guilty of all charges.

CNN has reached out to Monahan’s attorney and the Washington County District Attorney for comment.

Prosecutors said the 66-year-old defendant acted recklessly when the teens used his driveway to turn their cars around. The defense said what happened was a terrible accident.

Monahan shot the car when it accidentally swerved into his driveway while the occupants were searching for a friend’s house in Washington County, about 55 miles north of Albany. Gillis died shortly after the shooting.

Monahan took the stand at his trial last week, testifying that he felt like he and his wife were under siege that day, and that he just wanted to protect his wife, a CNN affiliate reported. Spectrum News 1 reported.

Kailyn Gillis – from GoFundMe

Monahan told jurors that he and his wife were awakened by three vehicles in his driveway: two SUVs and a motorcycle revving its engine, the station reported. He testified that he told his wife to hide in their closet and loaded his 20-gauge pump-action shotgun before leaving.

Monahan testified that he thought about previous criminal activity in the area and fired a warning shot into the air. The vehicles began to slowly leave, and he lost his balance on some nails on the deck when the second fatal shot was fired, Spectrum News 1 reported.

During questioning, Monahan was unable to point out in the photo the nails that caused him to lose his balance. The station reported that he was emotional when asked how he felt about Gillis’ death, telling the jury that his “soul was dead.”

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