Au Sable Forks man charged with murder in shooting death

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AU SABLE FORKS, N.Y. (WCAX) Police have charged an Au Sable Forks man with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Wednesday morning.

David Bova

David Bova, 30, was arrested after police say he shot Magen Goyette, 30. It happened at about 10 a.m. on Silver Lake Road in Au Sable Forks.

Police say Bova had crashed his vehicle into trees. Soon after, Goyette arrived in a pickup truck driven by her mother. Witnesses say Bova walked up to the truck and shot Goyette in the head through the passenger window. She was rushed to the hospital where she died.

Bova allegedly fled on foot and was picked up by a driver, George Kinsman, on the road. Our Kelly O'Brien spoke to Kinsman, he said the man was clearly distraught.

"I thought he had been in a bad accident and was just staggering down the road, didn't know where he was. I didn't really know how to react to it," Kinsman said. "He had a gun in his hand and I couldn't figure out what he was doing with a gun. Everybody was freaking out wondering where he was and I said, 'I know where he was. I just dropped him off at that trailer.' Troopers came and went through my car with forensics and there was a little bit of blood in my car."

The alleged suspect asked Kinsman to bring him to his house on Separator Road. Kinsman dropped him off, unaware of what had happened. The man allegedly said he needed to get out of there.

Investigators were at the scene all day and Silver Lake Road was blocked off for much of the day. It has since reopened. Officers were looking at cars and speaking with neighbors in the area. They are also using a drone to canvass the area.

Local schools were in lockdown for part of the morning.

Bova was arraigned in Black Brook Town Court and remains held in the Clinton County Jail without bail.