Bova to face trial for murder

David J. Bova

PLATTSBURGH — The trial David J. Bova is set to start in the Clinton County Courthouse here today.

Bova, 30, was arrested for allegedly shooting his girlfriend, Magen Goyette, on the morning of March 13.

Bova allegedly shot Goyette in the head as she sat in her mother's pickup truck near Fred's Auto Repair on Silver Lake Road in the Town of Black Brook after crashing his pickup truck into some trees there.

According to his statement to police, he took his 9mm Hi-Point rifle from the backseat and started to walk to his home on Separator Road when Goyette’s mother’s Silverado pickup truck drove into view.

In his statement to police, Bova admitted that he had “fired about four or five bullets toward the truck,” but that he wasn't sure if he'd hit anyone.

Bova and Magen had been dating for roughly six months, according to his statement to police, but had gotten into a verbal altercation with Magen on March 12, during which he alleged she threatened his life and called him names like “crybaby-back bitch.”

In April, a Clinton County grand jury indicted Bova on second-degree murder and attempted murder charges.

According to a press release from the Clinton County District Attorney's Office at the time, the attempted murder charge stemmed from Bova “attempting to cause” the death of Magen’s mother, Michelle Goyette, as she was in the truck with Magen.

The indictment also included charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree criminal use of a firearm, all felonies; and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.

He pleaded not guilty to all counts when he was arraigned.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie will be prosecuting the case, while Bova will be represented by attorney James E. Tyner

Proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today.

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