Reginald Moise has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 22-year-old college student Tiarah Poyau, who was shot through the eye at close range on Monday after reportedly telling a man to get away from her.
Moise, who is alleged to have made a statement implicating himself in the killing to other people, was arraigned on Wednesday on the murder charge and on counts of criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Speaking to the New York Daily News from Rikers Island on Friday, a tearful Moise insisted that if he did shoot the St John’s University graduate student, 'it wasn't intentional.'
The jailed suspect said the only thing he remembers from the annual Caribbean celebration is 'drinking and dancing,' and then firing two rounds inside a cousin's apartment in Crown Heights.
The 20-year-old claimed it was the first time he's ever fired a gun - a 9-mm. Glock he said he was carrying with him for ‘protection.'
‘I think of that night, and I just don’t see me shooting her,’ Moise said of Poyau, adding that he wishes he could meet her when she was alive.
Moise told the paper that he now fears for his own safety behind bars, and he is concerned that the victim's male relatives will seek retribution by going after his family.