‘Hot-tempered’ homeowner blamed HUNTERS for shooting that killed Kaylin Gillis, 20


Kevin Monahan, the ‘hot-tempered’ New York homeowner accused of killing 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis when the car she was in accidentally turned onto his driveway, initially blamed the shooting on hunters.

This comes as Monahan, 65, was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, as well as two new charges of reckless endangerment and evidence tampering on Wednesday.

Authorities said Gillis was traveling in her boyfriend’s SUV with two other friends through the town of Hebron just before 10pm on April 15 when the group made a wrong turn onto Monahan’s property.

They were trying to turn the car around when Monahan came out onto his porch and fired two shots from a 12-gauge shotgun, according to Washington County Sheriff Jeffrey Murphy, who claimed Monahan showed no remorse.

According to records filed in Washington County Court, when police confronted Monahan afterwards, he said he’d been in bed since 8:30 p.m. and added that ‘there are hunters shooting up here all the time.’ 

Kevin Monahan (pictured left), the 'hot-tempered' New York homeowner accused of killing 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis when the car she was in accidentally turned onto his driveway was arraigned on murder charges Wednesday

Kevin Monahan (pictured left), the ‘hot-tempered’ New York homeowner accused of killing 20-year-old Kaylin Gillis when the car she was in accidentally turned onto his driveway was arraigned on murder charges Wednesday

Authorities said Gillis (pictured) was traveling in her boyfriend's SUV with two other friends through the town of Hebron just before 10pm when the group made a wrong turn onto Monahan's property

Authorities said Gillis (pictured) was traveling in her boyfriend’s SUV with two other friends through the town of Hebron just before 10pm when the group made a wrong turn onto Monahan’s property

Police were trying to get Monahan out of the house to speak to him, to which he responded by saying ‘leave me alone’ and ‘get out of my yard so I can go back to bed,’ according to the Albany Times Union.

The court papers reveal that when police went to his home ‘the defendant was advised that officers need to speak to him and he was asked to walk off his porch toward the driveway. The defendant refused and quickly went back into his residence.’ Monahan shares the home with his wife. 

He was told by officers that they needed to speak with him but ‘quickly went back into his residence.’ 

Monahan added: ‘I wasn’t going to walk down there in the dark, I mean you guys are cops, but you know, who knows these days.’ 

According to court documents, at least eight officers had body cameras on during Monahan’s encounter.  

Kurt Mausert, the attorney for Monahan, called the idea that he wasn’t cooperative ‘complete hooey.’  

‘He exercised his right to call counsel. The police knew if he stepped off his porch that they could arrest him without a warrant.’ He was arrested the next day, April 16. 

Monahan pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday, according to CNN.

Monahan's next scheduled court date is July 28 with the trial set to begin in earnest on September 7, a date Mauser said would be impossible for him to adequately prepare for in time

Monahan’s next scheduled court date is July 28 with the trial set to begin in earnest on September 7, a date Mauser said would be impossible for him to adequately prepare for in time

This comes as Monahan, 65, was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, as well as two new charges of reckless endangerment and evidence tampering on Wednesday

This comes as Monahan, 65, was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, as well as two new charges of reckless endangerment and evidence tampering on Wednesday

Mausert, the attorney for Monahan, called the idea that he wasn't cooperative 'complete hooey.'

Mausert, the attorney for Monahan, called the idea that he wasn’t cooperative ‘complete hooey.’

According to court documents, at least eight officers had body cameras on during Monahan's encounter

According to court documents, at least eight officers had body cameras on during Monahan’s encounter

Judge Adam Michelini denied Monahan bail for a third time on Wednesday

Judge Adam Michelini denied Monahan bail for a third time on Wednesday

Gillis (pictured right), seen here with boyfriend Blake Walsh, was killed in a shooting when Walsh turned his car in the wrong direction into Monahan's driveway

Gillis (pictured right), seen here with boyfriend Blake Walsh, was killed in a shooting when Walsh turned his car in the wrong direction into Monahan’s driveway

His next scheduled court date is July 28 with the trial set to begin in earnest on September 7, a date Mauser said would be impossible for him to adequately prepare for in time. 

Monahan was also denied bail for a third time and second time in the past month.

District Attorney Tony Jordan said the evidence is ‘stronger than it was on the day of the [original] decision to remand him without bail.’ 

Kevin Monahan, 65, was charged with murder in the second degree and remains in custody at Warren County Jail, officials said

Kevin Monahan, 65, was charged with murder in the second degree and remains in custody at Warren County Jail, officials said

Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy noted in an interview with CNN that Monahan had already arranged legal representation before he emerged from his house and handed himself over to cops.

The newly unveiled records show that Monahan indeed called Mausert while police were trying to get him to come out, telling the lawyer he ‘had no idea’ what was happening.

Mausert contacted authorities to figure out what was going on and upon finding out someone had been killed, received guarantees they wouldn’t search his client’s home without a warrant.

After getting those reassurances, Mausert advised and arranged for Monahan to surrender. 

Speaking in an interview with NBC News Gillis’ boyfriend, Blake Walsh, 19, revealed he was the one driving on the fateful night. 

‘We thought we were at the right address. We didn’t have any cell service to figure it out. As soon as we figured it out that we were at the wrong location, we started to leave, and that’s when everything happened,’ Walsh said. 

He said one of his friends in the car alerted him to Monahan shooting, prompting him to suddenly turn the car around and drive away.

‘I tried to step on the gas as fast as possible, and that’s when the fatal shot came through.’ 

After driving for around five miles, the group finally made it to an area where they had cell service. They immediately called 911, but sadly it was too late. 

‘I want to believe it was instant. I’m hoping it was. I’m praying it was,’ Walsh said through tears. 

He added the drive to get cell service felt like it lasted just 30 seconds, ‘the adrenaline was rushing so bad.’ 

Gillis was traveling in her boyfriend's SUV with two other friends through the town of Hebron just before 10pm on April 15 when the group made a wrong turn onto Monahan's property

Gillis was traveling in her boyfriend’s SUV with two other friends through the town of Hebron just before 10pm on April 15 when the group made a wrong turn onto Monahan’s property 

Monahan's property is on Patterson Hill Road in the town of Hebron near the Adirondack mountains

Monahan’s property is on Patterson Hill Road in the town of Hebron near the Adirondack mountains

Police say that Monahan emerged from his home and fired two shots from a 12 gauge shotgun

Police say that Monahan emerged from his home and fired two shots from a 12 gauge shotgun

Gillis and her friends were looking for a party when they stumbled upon Monahan's home

 Gillis and her friends were looking for a party when they stumbled upon Monahan’s home 

In an interview with CNN, Mausert previously said his client told him that multiple vehicles had descended onto his driveway that night, including a motorcycle, revving their engines and behaving in a menacing way.

He also told News10 the incident was a ‘series of tragic mistakes, made by more than one person.

‘The situation where we have an elderly gentleman and his elderly wife living out in the dark woods in Washington County with three vehicles that come roaring into his driveway at a high rated speed, shined their lights at his house and not leaving when he turns on the floodlights so certainly there was cause for an element of fear on Mr. Monahan’s part,’ Mausert added.  

Alcohol, drugs or mental illness are not thought to have played a role in the shooting, reported the Times-Herald. 

The newspaper stated there had not been any reports of increased robberies or any reason for homeowners to be extra vigilant recently.  

But Town Supervisor Brian Campbell told the Times-Herald that Monahan previously attended local board meetings to discuss issues such as road repairs. Campbell described the suspect as being ‘very reasonable.’

Gillis is pictured here with her longtime boyfriend, Blake Walsh, 19. The two had hoped to one day get married

Gillis is pictured here with her longtime boyfriend, Blake Walsh, 19. The two had hoped to one day get married

In an interview with NBC News, Walsh described how is life is shattered following Gillis's death

In an interview with NBC News, Walsh described how is life is shattered following Gillis’s death

Following Monahan’s initial bail hearing on April 19, Andrew Gillis — Kaylin’s father — said he hopes the accused gunman ‘dies in jail.’

He thanked Judge Michelini for his decision to deny Monahan bail, saying: ‘Kaylin deserves justice.

‘I want to talk about Kaylin’s boyfriend,’ Gillis continued. ‘He wanted to marry my daughter. I would have loved that.’

Walsh met Kaylin when he was a sophomore at Schuylerville High School, where she graduated from in 2021.

He said the pair would often joke about being the ‘2 percent,’ a reference to the two percent of high school sweethearts who end up getting married. They had dated for four years. 

In his address to the press, Kaylin’s father said Walsh now blames himself for Kaylin’s death, but her father said, ‘It’s Kevin Monahan’s fault.’

In early May, Mausert claimed in court that Warren County Judge Adam Michelini only considered the harm caused and Monahan’s history of gun use but noted that before April 15, Monahan had never been charged with any gun-related crimes, according to WNYT.

Michelini had said he opted to hold Monahan without bail on charges of second-degree murder arguing that he was known in the community as being impulsive and that the media’s scrutiny gave him reason to flee.



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