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Man Refuses to Testify Against Girlfriend Who Shot Him Because He Wants to Marry Her

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A boyfriend who was shot by his girlfriend is now asking the court to drop the case because he wants to marry her.

Randolph Costa, 59, was shot by Evelyn Barnave, 43, when they had a dispute over their joint checking account. Barnave is facing 25 years in jail if she is found guilty of attempted murder.

Costa at first said his girlfriend meant to shoot him, but now he is not cooperating with prosecutors during her trial at Brooklyn Supreme Court.

"I'm just hoping they drop this order of protection so we can get married. We love each other," he said. "Everything was an accident. We feel they should get out of the way and let us be."

Barnave shot him through the window of her car in Crown Heights on Jan. 11, 2011. The bullet was lodged against his spine.

The two met on a subway platform five years ago and say that they are still in love despite the shooting.

Costa was allegedly trying to punch Barnave through her car window at the time as they argued.

In a handwritten statement, Barnave said, "I stuck my hand out the window. I heard the gun go off. I did not realize that I hit him."

Police doubt this was the case, as Barnave got rid of the gun afterwards.

Barnave is also claiming that Costa's accusation about her shooting him was fabricated by police, because he "had his mouth wired shut [at the time] and was on all kinds of drugs."

If the case is thrown out, defense attorney Paul Hirsch said the couple will ask the judge to marry them.

Sources: Daily Mail, NY Post