Gall indicted in shooting death of WKU student

Emma Austin

A former WKU student accused of fatally shooting his roommate has been formally charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Peter Gall, 21, was indicted Wednesday by a Warren County grand jury, according to court records.

Gall was arrested Sunday, Sept. 3, after calling the Bowling Green Police Department to report that he had shot someone. Police arrived at the 1600 block of Kenton Street to find WKU student Kenneth “Alex” Davis, 21, bleeding on the floor, according to Gall’s arrest citation.

Davis died as a result of the gunshot wound, according to police records. Gall told police he went to get the gun from his bedroom, brought it out and showed the gun to Davis, then it went off when he set it on the couch. Gall told police he and Davis had gotten into a verbal argument and the shooting was an accident.

Detective Melissa Wartak of the Bowling Green Police Department testified during a preliminary hearing in September that Gall told police he and Davis had been ribbing each other throughout the night “all in good fun,” Bowling Green Daily News reported. Wartak said witnesses told police there had been no fighting or physical violence leading up to the incident.

Gall’s attorney, Alan Simpson, told WBKO the shooting “was an accident, this was not an intentional shooting.” Simpson added that Gall and Davis were “roommates and very good friends, if not best friends.”

Gall was released from Warren County Regional Jail Sept. 8 on a $100,000 bond, which included conditions he does not have contact with Davis’s family. Gall is currently living in Frankfort with his family and attending counseling, the Bowling Green Daily News reported.

Second-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony punishable by imprisonment lasting between five and 10 years in Kentucky. Gall’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 11.

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