Two Cherry Valley men allegedly involved in the accidental fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl have been indicted by a grand jury, Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene said.

Justin Dibble, 18, who allegedly shot Naomi Miklic of Fort Plain in the back on Jan. 31, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in an indictment returned Feb. 18, Keene said Tuesday.

Dibble also was indicted for two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child, according to court records.

He is being held at the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, awaiting further court action.

Isaiah Bowen, 28, was indicted on two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, acting in a manner injurious to a child and unlawfully dealing with a child, a court official said Tuesday.

He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, waiting to return to court.

Keene said that from his investigation, it seems that Miklic's friend, a 15-year-old girl from the Fort Plain area, was involved in a family court case in January. "It seemed this girl decided she'd had enough of that and wanted to leave the area," he said. The girl and Miklic, who were Facebook friends of Dibble and Bowen, left the Fort Plain area in late January and with the two men, headed to Pennsylvania, he said.

"They developed a car problem, spent one night in a motel, and the next one in a parking lot before deciding to return to your area and get some more money," Keene said.

As they headed back to Cherry Valley from and area near the Pennsylvania border, Bowen, the driver, and Miklic were in the front seat and Dibble and the other girl were in the back seat.

"They were using a GPS, and it took them along a lonely stretch of road in our county -- maybe the shortest way home as the crow flies, but not the route most people would take," Keene said.

In the car were five weapons, a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun, a 9-mm rifle, two 38-caliber revolvers and a 44-caliber revolver, Keene said. Dibble was playing with a revolver when it discharged, the DA said.

"The bullet went right through the seat and hit Naomi in the back," he said. Before help could arrive, the girl bled to death, he said.

Keene said he believes Dibble stole two revolvers "apparently from his grandfather." Dibble is being represented by the Tioga County public defender, Keene said, and Bowen has assigned counsel.

On Bowen's Facebook page he describes himself as a "self-employed (contractor-gunsmith)." Keene said he was told that Bowen had recently worked for a large retail store. Both men formerly attended Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School.

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