Coroner confirms AuSable Forks shooting death was homicide
AuSABLE FORKS — An autopsy confirmed that a gunshot wound was the cause of an AuSable Forks woman’s death Wednesday morning. Clinton County Coroner David Donah ruled the death a homicide.
Dr. Michael Sikirica of the Albany Medical Center said the gunshot caused severe skull fractures and brain injuries to 30-year-old Magen Goyette, State Police reported Thursday.
State Police charged David Bova, also 30 and of AuSable Forks, with second-degree murder. He is in Clinton County Jail without bail.
The two had been in a relationship, according to Goyette’s Facebook page.
The shooting is still under investigation, and many questions remain unanswered to the public. State Police are releasing little information. The Clinton County Court had no case documents to provide at this time. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wiley was unavailable when his office was called Thursday.
Michelle Goyette, Magen’s mother, declined to comment Thursday morning, saying it was too stressful to speak at this time.
Cindy Bova, an extended family member of David Bova, said she tried reaching out to Chris Swinyer, who raised David even though she isn’t his biological mother.
“I tried to call her, but she wasn’t answering,” Cindy said. “I don’t think anyone in the family wants to say anything at this time. I’m just so sorry to hear about that girl, and I’m sorry for her family.”
The killing took place on Silver Lake Road around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Eyewitnesses say Bova crashed an SUV into trees outside of Fred’s Auto Repair. Fred Drake, who owns the shop, said Bova then reached into the vehicle’s back seat, pulled out a gun and started firing shots into the air.
Diane Parrow-Drake, Drake’s sister-in-law who also said she saw the shooting, suggested Bova was intoxicated because “he was all wobbly and couldn’t stand still.”
Then Michelle and Magen Goyette drove up in a pickup truck, the witnesses said. Drake said Bova walked up to within 3 or 4 feet of the passenger side and “shot through the side of the vehicle.
“I heard five or six shots,” Drake said. “It happened so fast I don’t remember exactly, but it was more than three.”
Witnesses said Bova then left the scene on foot. State Police found him later that morning and took him into custody. Magen Goyette was transported to Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, where she was pronounced dead.