Judge allows statements, past incidents in Schuylerville murder case
BALLSTON SPA A Saratoga County judge ruled some previous allegations against a Schuylerville woman accused of killing her boyfriend can be introduced at her trial.
Statements Joey Paul, 29, of 82 Church St., made to police after the shooting also can be used in court, Judge Jerry J. Scarano said in a decision issued Friday. But Scarano ruled Paul’s alleged past use of guns and knives against another man cannot be disclosed to a jury.
Paul is accused of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and second-degree possession of a weapon. She allegedly shot Matthew Furlani, 28, in the head July 1, 2012, with an assault rifle. She maintained throughout police questioning that the loaded AK-47 went off accidentally as she was handing it to Furlani.
Paul said Furlani asked her to hand him the rifle because they heard a knock at the door and he thought it was her ex-boyfriend.
In addition to her statements, three past allegations about her threatening and hitting Furlani may be used in court, Scarano ruled. Authorities allege Paul hit Furlani in the head with a lamp while he was sleeping in February 2012, giving him a golf ball-sized lump.
Prosecutors allege that in July 2010, Furlani asked Paul to leave his home and they got into a physical fight. A responding police officer saw scratches and bruises on both of them, authorities said. Both Paul and Furlani declined to press charges.
Also, Paul threatened to kill Furlani several times over the course of their relationship, authorities allege.
However, the judge ruled the prosecution cannot tell jurors she allegedly attacked another man with a BB gun, a knife and a 20-pound weight in the past.
Paul’s trial is set to start Aug. 12.