Man charged in Kaylin Gillis’ death pleads not guilty to new charges
The man accused of killing Kaylin Gillis in April was in a Washington County courtroom once again on Wednesday afternoon. Kevin Monahan pleaded not guilty to murder, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence. The arraignment lasted just 18 minutes.
Monahan is accused of shooting and killing Gillis after she mistakenly went up his driveway.
He allegedly fired two rounds from his shotgun at the car Gillis was a passenger in when it went up his driveway in Hebron last month.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office previously told NewsChannel 13 Gillis, her boyfriend and two friends were looking for a friend’s house and got lost.
As family and friends of Gillis filled two rows in the courtroom, Monahan – dressed in a dark-colored sport coat and shackled at the wrists and ankles – said very little.
His lawyer, Kurt Mausert, offered a not guilty plea on his behalf to all charges – murder in the second degree, reckless endangerment, and tampering with evidence.
Then he argued for a third time that bail should be set in the case because Monahan is not a flight risk and arguing emphatically that keeping him behind bars makes it difficult to participate in his own defense.
Mausert told the judge corrections officers are listening to his discussions with Monahan in jail.
The aftermath of the shooting has rocked the tight-knit community in Gillis’ hometown of Schuylerville. Hundreds of people paid their respects at her funeral service a few weeks ago.
As for Monahan, he was sent back to jail without bail. His attorney, Mausert, has challenged this in court, but the judge has denied the requests.