AUSABLE FORKS — State Police have charged a 30-year-old AuSable Forks man with killing his girlfriend.
David J. Bova was arrested Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Magen Goyette, 30, of AuSable Forks.
He was was arraigned in Black Brook Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail without bail.
Witnesses said Bova shot Goyette on Wednesday through the window of a pickup truck in which she was a passenger after he had crashed his own vehicle into trees on Silver Lake Road.
State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishmen said Thursday that they would not yet disclose information about any possible motive.
Diane Parrow-Drake, who lives at 136 Silver Lake Road, near the accident site, said she ran out after Bova’s SUV rammed the trees Wednesday morning and offered to call an ambulance for him.
But he allegedly told her: “Don’t you call anybody.”
She and her brother-in-law, Fred Drake, who lives at 138 Silver Lake Road, said Bova took a long, black gun out from the back seat of his vehicle and began waving it and firing shots into the air.
Parrow-Drake and Drake said that shortly after that, a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pulled up, with Goyette in the front passenger seat and her mother, Michelle Goyette, driving.
They said Bova walked up to within 3 or 4 feet of the truck’s passenger side and fired.
“He shot right through the window at Magen, who was in the passenger seat, and hit her in the head,” Parrow-Drake said.
Goyette was taken to University of Vermont Healthcare Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, where she was pronounced dead.
Fleishman said Michelle Goyette was not injured.
Dr. Michael Sikirica performed an autopsy Thursday at Albany Medical Center and determined the cause of death to be severe skull fractures and brain injuries due to a gunshot wound.
Clinton County Coroner David F. Donah ruled the manner of death to be homicide.
The State Police are continuing the investigation.