The lawyer representing Joey M. Paul, the 29-year-old woman indicted on murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges this week, said on Friday she shot her boyfriend by accident.
“She didn’t shoot this guy on purpose,” said attorney Frederick Rench of Clifton Park. “It was not an intentional shooting, it was an accident and a tragedy.”
Rench entered pleas of not guilty in Paul’s behalf to charges of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and second-degree possession of a weapon during her arraignment Friday afternoon before acting Saratoga County Judge Jennifer Jensen in Ballston Spa.
Paul, wearing a light green county jail outfit, answered “yes” to Jensen’s question whether she was represented by Rench. She said little after that during the brief court session.
Paul, who lived on Church Street in Schuylerville with her boyfriend Matthew K. Furlani, 28, is accused of firing a single shot from an AK-47 assault rifle into Furlani’s head at about 10:30 a.m. July 1 at 82 Church St.
Rench said the assault rifle belonged to Furlani.
Assistant District Attorney Lyn Murphy represented the prosecution during the arraignment. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III, no relation to Lyn Murphy, said soon after the shooting that there was no appearance of self-defense because Furlani was unarmed.
A Saratoga County grand jury handed up the indictments against Paul on Wednesday.
Paul is being held in Saratoga County Jail without bail. Rench said during the county court sessions that he reserved the right to seek bail at a later date.
Rench said after the arraignment that Paul’s family was not in the position to make bail for her.
When asked about the relationship between Paul and Furlani, Rench said they “had an ongoing relationship and were living together again” at the time of the shooting.
“She’s innocent. The truth will come out at trial,” Rench said. “The shooting is not as simple as it may appear.”
“The incident in the house was completely accidental,” Rench said, and Paul’s family is 100 percent behind her.
Rench said he was assigned to represent Paul soon after the incident. He said he was at the scene of the shooting within a day and had some “independent experts” at the scene within two days to do a forensic investigation.
Rench and ADA Lyn Murphy both said they were preparing for a trial. They have 45 days to file pre-trial motions.