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Officer wife's shooting death yet to go to grand jury; husband's release still pending

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@news-journal.com
Jan. 13, 2011 at 7 p.m.


More than a month has passed since 40-year-old Harry Goodan called police and reportedly told them he shot his wife, officer Jamie Ellyn Goodan. Longview police officials said they have yet to close the books on the investigation so the case could be presented to a grand jury.

Gregg County District Attorney Carl Dorrough said an indictment cannot be handed down until police complete their probe.

Goodan is set to be released on bond as soon as a monitoring device can be set up to keep track of his movements. On Jan. 4, District Judge David Brabham agreed Goodan's $500,000 bond was excessive, lowering it to $75,000, according to court records released this past week. Brabham said the stipulations of the lowered bail were Goodan must remain home between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily, and he is barred from possessing a gun, alcohol or illegal drugs and must report weekly to authorities.

Goodan was arrested and charged with murder Dec. 11.

Ellyn Goodan died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to autopsy reports.

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said he couldn't comment on specifics of the monitoring system because it is being installed through pre-trial services, but described the monitoring devices the Gregg County Sheriff's Department uses for house arrest.

Dorrough said he thought the hold up with Goodan's monitoring system was related to the phone line requirements..

Goodan remained jailed Thursday afternoon and his attorney, Jason Cassel, declined to comment on his client's case Thursday afternoon.

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