DA: 911 calls helped in conviction of driveway shooter
The Washington County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday released the 911 calls that were made on the night Kaylin Gillis was shot and killed, which they said were very helpful in securing a murder conviction.
The calls were key pieces of evidence in the case against Kevin Monahan, who was convicted on Tuesday of second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and tampering with physical evidence. He shot and killed Gillis, 20, of Schuylerville, who was a passenger in an SUV that had mistakenly turned up the driveway of Monahan’s Hebron home.
Many of the 911 calls dealt with efforts by law enforcement responding at the scene of his home.
At the time he made these calls, Monahan had already fired the two shots at the vehicles with his 20-gauge shotgun. One of the shells went through Gillis’ neck and killed her.
Monahan had called 911 to find out why they were at his house. They told him that officers were investigating a noise complaint. He said there had been hunters out at night shooting with dogs and that he had been asleep.
He continued to call back when officers arrived.
“What is going on here?” Monahan shouts, according to the call.
He said he did not want to walk down to officers but insisted that they come to him.
“He wants me to walk an eighth of a mile down the driveway,” he said.
“He’s got something on his mind. I don’t know what,” Monahan is heard saying on that call.
Then, Monahan said he has to make a call.
“I’ll have to call you back.”
“No, Kevin. I need you to talk to me please,” the dispatcher said.
Then, Monahan hangs up.
Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said these calls helped bolster the other evidence in the case.
“Having the 911 calls certainly helped establish depravity because it shows the complete abject, willful lack of caring of human life,” Jordan said.
Other 911 calls were from the neighbors who reported seeing two vehicles and one motorcycle go down Patterson Hill Road to Monahan’s driveway at around 9:45 p.m. and then back at around 9:50 p.m. They also reported hearing the shots.