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Trial in death of Longview officer another month

From Staff Reports
May 21, 2012 at 11 p.m.


Harry Goodan will be waiting at least another month to hear his fate at the hands of jury considering charges he killed his police officer wife nearly two-and-a-half years ago.

Goodan, 41, a former 911 supervisor, was facing a March trial date that got moved to Monday. On Monday court officials said the trial was again postponed and re-set for 9 a.m. on June 18.

Goodan was arrested in December 2010 when he summoned police to the Tryon Road apartment he shared with his wife, Jamie Ellyn Goodan , and son, Nicholas, now 9.

A police report of the incident said Goodan told officers he had shot his wife, a Longview police officer since 1998. The report, partially released under an open records request, says the couple had been fighting and that the husband struck Goodan to the ground.

It also says he didn't recall shooting her.

Goodan faces up to life in prison on the murder charge in 124th District Judge Alfonso Charles' courtroom.

Goodan was freed in January 2011 after his initial $500,000 bond was reduced to $75,000. Ellyn Goodan's father, Jimmy Rice, and his ex-wife, Jonna Goodan testified in Goodan's favor during the bond reduction hearing before 188th District Judge David Brabham.

Among the stipulations tied to Goodan's release are that he must remain home between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily; he is barred from possessing a gun, alcohol or illegal drugs; he must wear a monitoring device at all times; and he must report weekly to authorities.

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