A Tarrytown man has been indicted on charges that he allegedly shot his girlfriend, a 23-year-old Hicksville woman, to death last summer.

Eric Gaulin pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Westchester County court to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors alleged that the 25-year-old suspect fatally shot Megan Bookstaver, a Mercy College student, in the face while showing her his rifles at his home on Sept. 2. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gaulin’s attorney told CBS that the shooting was “a tragic accident.”

His bail was set at $50,000 bond. He’s due back in court April 23.

He faces up top 15 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.