Man Arrested In Shooting Death Of Appy State Student

Police in North Carolina have arrested a man in the accidental shooting death of a college student at an off-campus party.

Boone police Capt. Jim Wilson said 20-year-old Galen Elijah Ruble of Boone was arrested Monday in the death of 20-year-old Appalachian State University student Jay Derby of Matthews.

Wilson said Derby was shot and killed with a muzzle loader early Sunday morning.

Ruble, who is not a student at Appalachian State, was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter for the negligent shooting death of Derby, who died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Ruble is free on $10,000 bond with a court date scheduled for Dec. 15. It wasn't immediately known whether Ruble had an attorney, and a telephone listing for his family had been disconnected.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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An Appalachian State University student is dead after what police are calling an accidental shooting.

Boone Police say a 19-year-old Appalachian State student, Jay Derby, died Sunday. It happened in his apartment. Boone Police are still investigating. They say they know who shot Derby but no charges have been filed yet. The case will be turned over to the District Attorney's Office.


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  • by Appy State? on Nov 24, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    Appy? Seriously? It's App... App State!
  • by the truth Location: greenville on Nov 24, 2009 at 04:52 AM
    $10,000 bond no listings wow must be nice to be white.
  • by i think it was an accident on Nov 23, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    i believe it very well could be an accident...people dont think about gun safety if theyre drinking at a party, do they? first the drinking, then they show a person the guns..i can see how this could happen. very sad. i say if you own guns and youre having a party at your house, lock the guns up, separate from ammo and leave the key at work or somewhere you cant choose to use it after youve already imbibed. so sorry to the family, and sorry to the kid and the family of the shooter--hes the one who has to live with the guilt forever.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 23, 2009 at 03:01 PM
    There is no such thing as an "accidental" shooting. GUN SAFETY,GUN SAFETY. REMEMBER? "GUN SAFETY".
  • by OMGosh Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    This unfortunate tragedy did not have to happen. Yet another reason NOT to take out your guns to show them off!! Let this be a lesson learned, again & again, and again...and again.
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