A teenager accused of killing his pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend has claimed he was just “playing around” with a gun when it went off and shot her.
Gage Gillentine, 18, has been charged with murder after allegedly killing Klowie Moore, 19, on Friday, September 11, in Graham, Texas.
According to a press release from the Graham Police Department, Gillentine was staying at the Executive Inn, located at 1919 Hwy. 16. A representative with the Executive Inn said the two checked into the hotel on Aug. 16.
At 7:09 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, police received a call of a shooting in room 106. Moore was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, where she died.
Upon an initial investigation, it was discovered that Moore was staying in the room with her reported fiancé Gillentine. Officers and investigators discovered Gillentine was in the motel room when the incident occurred. No arrest was made at the time but authorities said they considered the incident “suspicious.”
On Thursday, September 17, Gillentine was arrested and charged with murder. His bond is set at $500,000 dollars.
Gillentine allegedly pointed the gun at Moore and pulled the trigger, but didn’t know there was a round loaded in the chamber, according to an affidavit.
He could not keep his story straight with the police, telling them he was not in the room when the shooting happened, then saying he was in the bathroom, according to court documents.
In the same interview, police said he was trying to take the slide off the handgun and it “just went off.”
Moore was sixteen weeks pregnant when Gillentine allegedly shot and killed her.
Her funeral took place on Friday, KJTL reported.