Prior bad acts can be used in Schuylerville shooting death trial
Prior bad acts and statements made to police by Joey Paul can be used in her trial for allegedly shooting her boyfriend in Schuylerville, according to a release from Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III.
In the People v. Joey M. Paul, Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano issued a decision allowing the prosecution to use statements she made to police, including spontaneous statements at the crime scene. Additionally, the judge will allow the prosecution to reference the fact the defendant hit the victim with a lamp while he was sleeping in a previous incident, as well other threats and physical violence.
"We are pleased with the judge's ruling and Assistant DA Lyn Murphy is prepared to go forward on August 12," Murphy said in a statement. "While nothing will bring back Mr. Furlani, the People look forward to seeking justice on behalf of him and his family by providing to a trial jury the facts and circumstances surrounding his alleged murder."
For her part, Paul has maintained that the shooting death of Matthew K. Furlani, 28, was accidental. She is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and second-degree possession of a weapon.
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