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Stuffed animals and flowers sit outside the door to 82-1 Church St. in Schuylerville, where Matthew Furlani, 28, was shot to death Sunday. His ex-girlfriend, Joey Paul, also 28, is charged with second-degree murder. (Dave Canfield --

SCHUYLERVILLE -- The attorney for accused killer Joey M. Paul said the shooting that killed Paul’s former boyfriend Sunday was an accident.

“This is an accidental shooting. I don’t know what the basis is for the district attorney to conclude that this is a murder,” said Frederick Rench, a Clifton Park attorney assigned the case Monday evening because Saratoga County Public Defender’s Office had a conflict of interest.

He would not say who was supposedly holding the rifle when it fired, shooting Matthew Furlani, 28, in the head in his apartment at 82-1 Church St. in Schuylerville.

Furlani was dead when State Police arrived, and Paul was still in the apartment, according to police.

Paul, 28, is charged with second-degree murder. She is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 2 p.m. Friday in Saratoga Town Court.

No motive has been publicly suggested. Prosecutors would not comment on the case Tuesday, and neither a spokesman nor an investigator with State Police returned calls.

Rench said Assistant District Attorney Lyn Murphy, who is prosecuting the case, has not shared a motive with him. He said he was scheduled to meet with his client for the second time later Tuesday.

Neighbors called police after hearing a single gunshot around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Troy Cassell, a neighbor and longtime friend of Furlani, said he ran into the apartment to find his friend dead on the floor and Paul standing nearby, cleaning up blood with a towel.

Cassell and other friends of Furlani said Monday the couple had separated, and Furlani had offered her a place to stay when she was released Thursday after a brief stint in Saratoga County Jail.

Both have had brushes with the law in the past, and Paul has a pending felony burglary charge in Mechanicville.

A stuffed animal and flowers sat on the doorstep of 82-1 Church St. on Tuesday morning. Neighbors said Furlani’s family placed them there.

Cassell’s sister, Dana Cassell, said her brother is still reeling from the violent scene he found Sunday.

“It’s going to be with him a long time,” she said.

She said she left a note on his refrigerator with an oft-quoted sympathy message.

“Although it’s difficult to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory comfort you tomorrow,” it read.

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