Man arrested for manslaughter after girlfriend shot, killed, police say

Man charged in girlfriend's shooting death; victim's mother speaks

TAYLOR MILL, Ky. (FOX19) - A man was arrested for second-degree manslaughter after he fired a gun while he was “extremely intoxicated,” police say.

Shane Walters, of Taylor Mill, was arrested on Monday for second-degree manslaughter in the death of Megan McCray, according to the Taylor Mill Police Department.

Family members confirmed to FOX19 NOW Walters and McCray were in a relationship.

On Feb. 10, Walters was showing McCray “how to disassemble and reassemble a handgun,” police said.

Walters, who police say was “extremely intoxicated” while handling the gun, claimed he didn’t know the gun was loaded. Police say when Walters pulled the trigger in an effort to release the slide and remove it, a single shot fired.

911 was called, then Walters and a friend performed CPR on McCray while waiting for EMS, but McCray died from the gunshot wound, according to police.

Walters said he wasn’t under the influence of any substance and agreed to a blood draw more than six hours after the shooting.

The blood draw showed Walters’ BAC was .12, according to police.

Since the test was taken hours after the shooting, police say his BAC at the time the gun was fired was higher than .12.

“Affiant [officer] believes Walters wantonly caused the death of McCray by handling a handgun while he was extremely intoxicated and pulling the trigger of a gun pointed at McCray when he knew or should have known, the handgun was loaded,” a report from police reads.e

A judge set Walters’s bail at $100,000.

McCray’s mother, Debbie McCray, says the manslaughter charge isn’t enough.

“There was no one like her,” Debbie said. “She was a kind a gentle soul.”

Debbie says she was watching tv last week when she found out about her daughter’s death. “Someone’s playing a dirty, horrible joke,” she recalled of her first reaction. “It was a complete shock.”

Debbie says she won’t ever be able to forgive Walters.

“As bad as this sounds, there’s no sentence that’s going to be any kind of justice except death for him,” she said.

McCray was a popular dog trainer in the Tri-State.

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