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UPDATE: Supreme Court Affirms Conviction in Mall Rape Case

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UPDATE 7/12/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentence for the man convicted of the Huntington Mall rapes.

Last year, Donald Good was found guilty on 20 counts that included kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse in connection with the rapes that took place back in 1987.

Good was given two life sentences for each of the kidnapping charges plus 150 to 380 years for the remaining counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse. He will not be eligible for parole more than 200 years.

Good appealed his conviction and sentence on the grounds there were issues with both the grand jury testimony and his court appointed attorney.

The Justices denied his appeal in their June 22 ruling.

Glen Dale Woodall was originally convicted for the rapes and spent five years in prison before being cleared after it was found that state chemist Fred Zain falsified DNA results to convict him.



UPDATE 4/1/11 @ 6:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After 24 years, the Huntington Mall rapist has been identified, convicted and sentenced.

It was a tough day in court Friday.

The jury found Donald Good guilty on 20 of 22 counts. The only charges he escaped were two for aggravated robbery.

Cabell County Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson sentenced him to two life sentences for each of the kidnapping charges plus 150 to 380 years for the remaining counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Good will not be eligible for parole in this case for more than 200 years -- a reality that he's having a hard time accepting.

"Whoever did this to them, I hate it for them, but I am not guilty of these crimes,” Good said.

It's been a long 24 years and maybe even a longer week for the rape victims, who finally say they can breathe easy again. They sat down with WSAZ.com's Carrie Cline and shared their joys and regrets about this entire case.

"What makes me really happy now is I looked him straight in the eyes," rape victim Rebecca Mowery Hobson said. "I couldn't do that. I was so afraid during the rape. I kept my eyes closed. I had to face him today. I'm very happy with that right now. The DNA and the fingerprinting were overwhelming, but when he started talking, I knew that was the man who rambled on and on and on during the rape."

Hobson was just one of the rape victims.

Another rape victim, Janet Johnson Smith, said, "The rambling, he just (was like) da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da-da on the stand yesterday. That's exactly what he did in my vehicle. He just never shut up. It was a constant. And it's like, 'Shut up. Just do what you're going to do and shut up and get if over with. If you're going to kill me, kill me. Otherwise just let me go.' "

Hobson said, "There were times when I felt like, because I did make it so easy for him. I did everything he said he wanted me to do. I felt like I made it so easy for him. That's why he turned around and ended it so quickly," Rebecca said.

Smith said, "He's just a sick individual. There's no doubt he's a sick individual."

"Given all that's happened in the past, do you believe this is the right man?" Cline asked.

"Yes, " Hobson said.

Smith agreed, saying, “Yes. I believe so."

"It's really messed up a lot of my life, but I'm not going to miss the adult years. I've got grandchildren.I don't want to miss any of it from what happened 24 years ago," Hobson said.

As for Smith, she said, "I'm married, got my nursing degree, have a small clinic, very supportive husband."

For Glen Dale Woodall, this is another proof of vindication. In 1987, Woodall was sentenced for these crimes and spent five years in prison.

Woodall was cleared after it was found that state chemist Fred Zain falsified DNA results to convict him.

Now, comparing both women’s sentences -- for the same crimes -- Woodall was sentenced to two life terms without parole, plus an additional 203 to 335 years in prison.

Good was sentenced to two life terms with mercy, plus an additional 162 to 380 years. Good is eligible for parole in 222 years, but that is on top of a life sentence he is already serving for a murder in Kanawha County in 1992.

So, there is no doubt Good will be spending the rest of his life in prison.

We tried to get in touch with Woodall on Friday, but neighbors say he's working on the river.

If you want to see more on the Huntington Mall rapes case, check out our special section here at WSAZ.com detailing the events of the past 24 years.



UPDATE 4/1/11 @ 12:38 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va, (WSAZ) -- Donald Good has been given two life sentences on each of the kidnapping counts.

He also received one to five years for each of the two sexual abuse counts, 10 to 25 years for each of the ten first degree exual assault counts and 10 to 20 years each for each of the four counts of second degree sexual assault.

All of these sentences are to be served consecutively after the life sentence he is already serving for murder.

Donald Good's sister commented to WSAZ.com that they have plans to appeal the ruling and they believe he is not guilty and that it will work out in the end.

In all, Good was sentenced to two life sentences on the kidnapping charges, 340 years on the other charges, and he is currently serving a life sentence for murder.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/1/11 @ 11:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va, (WSAZ) -- A jury has found Donald Good guilty of raping two women at the Huntington Mall back in 1987.

Good was found guilty on 13 counts of kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse, but not guilty on aggravated robbery related to Rebecca Mowery Hobson.

He was also found guilty on 7 counts of kidnapping and sexual assault, but not guilty of aggravated robbery related to Janet Johnson Smith.

The sentencing phase of the trial is now underway. The two women who were raped are expected to speak before Judge Alfred Ferguson pronounces the sentences on the 20 counts.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 3/31/11 @ 7 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With repeated denials and accusations of mishandling evidence, Donald Good took the stand today in his own defense.

He's accused of kidnapping two women in early 1987 from the Huntington Mall and raping them brutally and repeatedly.
But, Donald Good says he didn't do it.

“I'm fighting for my life. Excuse me if I'm nervous,” said Good.

Hand in hand, rape victims Rebecca Mowery Hobson and Janet Johnson Smith held on for dear life as they listened to their accused attacker speak for the first time since their attacks in 1987.

“I didn’t do this. This has been a horrible nightmare for me,” said Good.

“You heard them say the semen on the skirt and panties was yours, how do you think they got there,” asked Chris Chiles, Cabell County Prosecutor.

“Fred Zain made mistakes in 1987, you all could have made mistakes again,” said Good.

“Fred Zain is dead,” shouted Chiles!
“So, he couldn’t be responsible for this,” finished Chiles.

Good also produced paycheck stubs for his full-time job covering some days in January and February of 1987, he did not have a stub for January 22 or February 16, the days of the rapes.

“I was at work those days. I worked everyday whether the kids were in school or not,” said Good.

“This of these women and convict this man, hold him accountable for his actions 24 years ago,” said Peggy Brown, Assistant Prosecutor.

“They made mistakes before, they’re making them again. Don’t be guilty of railroading this man,” said John Laishley, Defense Attorney.

We spoke with the victims, Janet and Rebecca, after Good's testimony. Both said his testimony was almost laughable. But, Rebecca said she did get chills. She said even 24 years later, she remembers the voice of her attacker and Good's voice matches exactly.

The jury is now deciding this case.

Stay tuned to WSAZ.com. We'll let you know just as soon as we get a verdict.



UPDATE 3/31/11 @ 5:08 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The jury in the Huntington Mall Rape case has wrapped up deliberations for the evening.

They will reconvene at 9 a.m. Friday.



UPDATE 3/31/11 @ 4:25 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A jury has begun deliberations in the Huntington Mall rape case.

Good is facing 22 counts for kidnapping two women from the Huntington Mall on separate occasions and taking them elsewhere where he's accused of sexually assaulting them repeatedly. This was back in 1987.

Keeping clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 3/31/11 @ 1:56 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The defense has rested in Donald Good's case.

The defense called on two witnesses, a medical expert and Good himself.

Most of Good's testimony centered on the job he had at the time of the rapes. He told the court that he worked as driver for a food distribution company out of Dunbar, and that his route was in Kanawha County, not Cabell County or the Huntington Mall.

He also believed he was being "railroaded."

Closing arguments will start around 2:20 p.m.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more information.



UPDATE 3/31/11 @ 1:05 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Donald Good is now testifying in his defense.

Good took the stand around 1 p.m. Thursday

Good is on trial for the rape of two women kidnapped from the Huntington Mall parking lot back in 1987.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for an update on his testimony.



UPDATE 3/31/11 @ 11:55 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of being the Huntington Mall rapist is expected to testify in his own defense Thursday afternoon.

Fingerprint comparison was the topic of the testimony Thursday morning in the third day of the Donald Good’s trial.

Good sat calmly in court as a fingerprint identification expert with the Huntington Police Department's Forensic Investigation Unit detailed his analysis of fingerprints found on Janet Johnson Smith's driver's license from 1987. He showed how the prints on the license matched the known prints of Donald Good.

The prosecution then rested its case.

Following a break for lunch, the defense is expected to start its case with Good and one other person testifying.

Good is facing 22 counts for kidnapping two women from the Huntington Mall on separate occasions and taking them elsewhere where he's accused of sexually assaulting them repeatedly.



UPDATE 3/30/11@ 6:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Abusive relationships and forensic science were the topics of the second day of the trial of the man accused of being the Huntington Mall rapist.

From an ex-girlfriend who testified Good was abusive to concrete scientific evidence, the prosecution continues to build its case pegging Donald Good as the Huntington Mall rapist.

“Was he physically abusive?” Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles asked.

“Yes,” Brenda said.

“Did he abuse you sexually?” Chiles asked.

“Yes,” Brenda said.

She didn't want to show her face and didn't want us to use her last name. But the woman we'll call Brenda recalls a Donald Good she feared. Brenda was only 18 and a senior in high school in 1987 when she was dating Good. He was also married to someone else at the time.

The prosecution used Brenda to back up evidence given by the two victims on Tuesday -- Rebecca Mowery Hobson and Janet Johnson Smith. They said their attacker was not circumcised and smelled of motor oil and grease.

“Was Donald Good circumcised?” Chiles asked.

“No,” responded Brenda.

“What line of work did he do?” Chiles asked.

“He was an auto mechanic,” Brenda said.

The rest of the day was full of forensic science from scientists who handled the original DNA in 1987 when the science was less effective.

“Now, we’re unhappy if we get anything less than a perfect match," West Virginia State Sgt. Mike Parde said.

That was key when Parde, acting on a tip, submitted clothing items from the victims for new DNA testing. That updated testing used DNA from the clothing and matched Good's DNA.

“I asked if they could run new DNA tests on the evidence, and they said sure because the science is light years ahead now,” Parde said.

Several experts testified the DNA found on the victim's clothing was a 100 percent undeniable match to the DNA of Good.

On Thursday, we take a closer look at the fingerprints found on evidence, as an expert testifies about that.



UPDATE 3/30/11@ 12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Multiple experts have testified during day two of the Donald Good trial.

DNA has really been the spotlight during testimony. Several experts from the 1987 Woodall case testified. Lt. Brent Myers, WV State Crime Lab Supervisor of DNA Analysis spoke about the process of DNA testing and the samples entered that matched Good's DNA.

Lt. Myers testified that there is no other way the DNA could have gotten on the victim's skirt and panties, unless Donald Good deposited it there.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/30/11@ 12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Controlling, degrading to women and abusive. That's the testimony this morning from the girlfriend of Donald Good.

It's day two in the trial of the man charged with the Huntington Mall rapes.

There are some overriding themes that started yesterday with the testimony of the two rape victims from 1987. The women said that whomever attacked them was uncircumcised. Both victims have also emphasized their attacker had a strong odor of garage grease and motor oil.

This morning, Good's girlfriend at the time of the attacks testified. She did not want her face shown or her full name used going by simply, Brenda. Brenda was an 18-year-old senior in high school back in 1987. She said she dated Good and the two had a sexual relationship even though he was also married at the time. Brenda said he was not circumcised. She said he was an auto mechanic and always had that strong odor of grease and oil. She also testified about his behavior during their relationship.

"How would you describe Donald Good's personality during your relationship,” asked Chris Chiles, Cabell County Prosecutor.

“Controlling. He had to be in charge,” said Brenda.

“Did he get physical,” asked Chiles.

“Yes,” responded Brenda.

“Did he get physical during sexual intercourse,” asked Chiles.

“Yes,” said Brenda.

Brenda and Good share a child together. She says she ended that relationship in 1991 because she was tired of the abuse and was afraid of him.

West Virginia State Trooper Sgt. Mike Parde is now on the stand. He's the man responsible for reopening the investigation which lead to the DNA match between the evidence from the rapes and Donald Good.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on Donald Good trial.



UPDATE 3/30/11@ 10:42 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Day two of the Donald Good trial is now underway in Cabell County.

After an emotional first day, Good's ex-girlfriend will take the stand to begin the second day of the trial. Prosecutors say that Good was married at the time of the mall rapes, but was also seeing this woman.

Brenda, Good's ex-girlfriend, has allowed WSAZ.com to use her first name, but not show her face.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updates on the trial throughout the day.



UPDATE 3/29/11@ 6:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emotional testimony and explosive reaction filled a Cabell County courtroom as the victims face their newly accused attacker for the first time with the start of Donald Good's trial.

Both rape victims detailed the day they were brutally attacked, hit and raped and abused.

(NOTE: Both victims gave WSAZ.com permission to show their faces and use their names and testimony).

It was a very tough day in court for everyone, but especially Rebecca Mowery Hobson and Janet Johnson Smith. These two women have shared their horrific stories in court not once, but now twice -- hoping this time the right man is convicted and put behind bars.

Some of the testimony may be considered graphic, including in the video clip above.

“Power, control, violence and terror.That's what this case is about -- those four words,” Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles said.

“Just as mistakes were made then, they can be made now,” said John Laishley, Good’s defense attorney.

And with those clashing opening statements, Good's trial started. Rebecca Mowery Hobson took the stand first. She was 29, a mother of two young children and about to be married on the day she says her attacker turned her life upside down. On Jan. 22, 1987, she says he kidnapped her out of the Huntington Mall parking lot and then performed unspeakable acts on her.

“He told me to get my head down and then he told me to do what he wanted or he’d kill me. I really thought he was going to kill me,” Hobson said.

Janet Johnson Smith was 23 in February of 1987 when her life changed forever.

“He tried to get me to go down on him,” Smith said.

But, Good's family isn't buying any of it.

“Our brother isn’t guilty. He’s not capable of any of that. I just can’t believe this,” said Pamela Hayes, Good’s sister.

The trial will resume Wednesday morning with testimony from West Virginia State Trooper Mike Parde. He's the man responsible for following a tip and a hunch that eventually led to Good’s arrest in this case.

That match was made last summer when a DNA crime data system struck a match between DNA found on the victim's clothing with Good's DNA, who was in prison for another crime.



UPDATE 3/29/11@ 3:10 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The two women who investigators say were raped by Donald Good back in 1987 were the first witnesses for the prosecution.

Good's rape trial began Tuesday in Cabell County Circuit Court.

During testimony, Rebecca (Mowery) Hobson gave the court a detailed and graphic account of the alleged kidnapping and attack.

During cross examination by Good's attorney, Hobson admitted she couldn't identify her attacker visually then or now. She testified that she kept her eyes closed during the ordeal.

The second victim, Janet (Johnson) Smith, also testified about what happened to her.

The testimony followed opening arguments by both lawyers.

Both Hobson and Smith gave WSAZ permission to use their names and pictures.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 3/29/11 @1:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A jury has been selected in the Huntington Mall rape case.

Donald Good’s trial is taking place in Cabell County Circuit Court. It began with jury selection Tuesday morning. The jury consists of 6 men and 6 women.

Good, 51, is charged with with the 1987 abductions of two women on separate occasions from the Huntington Mall. The women were then taken elsewhere and raped repeatedly, according to police.

Opening arguments are set to begin around 1:30 Tuesday.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 3/29/11 @ 9:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Jury selection is underway for the man accused of the Huntington Mall rapes in the 1980s.

Donald Good’s trial is taking place in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Good is charged in a 22 count indictment that was released back in October. The charges include kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse. They stem from the 1987 abductions of two women on separate occasions from the Huntington Mall who were then taken elsewhere and raped repeatedly

Good is currently a life sentence for the 1992 murder of Terry Kidd in Kanawha County.

Glen Dale Woodall, a Huntington cemetery worker, was originally found guilty of the rapes during a trial back in July 1987.

Woodall was sentenced to two life terms without parole plus an additional 203 to 335 years in prison.

During the trial, a state police chemist named Fred Zain testified that hair and body fluids taken from the victims matched Woodall’s. But that testimony turned out to be false.

In May 1992, DNA evidence overturned the conviction and cleared Woodall.

Prosecutors say this past summer new DNA testing showed that Good committed the rapes.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 3/25/11 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Framed, railroaded, contaminated evidence -- those are just a few of the accusations fired out by the man accused in the Huntington Mall rapes.

Donald Good is just days away from the start of his trial. But, he's convinced he's being set up for failure. He shared his concerns Friday with WSAZ.com's Carrie Cline after his last attempt to get the trial delayed failed Friday morning in court.

Good has spent a lot of time in court these last few months, filing motions on everything from challenging evidence and DNA to trying to get his attorney dropped from the case. On Friday, he wanted to give the judge the boot.

“I believe your impartiality is in question. You’re biased and prejudiced,” Good said about Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Alfred Ferguson.

“I'm going to deny this ruling. I don't feel there's any basis for it. I will do my best to insure a fair trial,” Ferguson said.

And that clears the way for Good's trial to start in just four days. But, speaking out extensively with WSAZ.com, Good says he doesn't believe his case is anywhere near ready.

“Ma'am, there's all kinds of evidence out there and all kinds of witnesses that need to be spoken to that have not been spoken to. This is a railroad job down here,” Good said.

“That is not true. We’ve been working on this case since October and we’ve been very diligent,” Good's lawyer John Laishley said.

Despite Good's best efforts to get him removed from the case, the judge ruled against that too. Now, Good is trying to file more motions on his own.

“You could always represent yourself, but I don’t think you want to do that. You’d have a fool for a client,” Ferguson said.

“Do you trust your attorney?” Cline asked.
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“I have my doubts. Sometimes, I think he's working for me and sometimes I think he's working for the state,” Good said.

And about all of that evidence containing Good's DNA and fingerprints that Good has tried to have thrown out?

“I'm not guilty, and this is a frame job. I don't know how or it's a misidentification or contaminated evidence,” Good said.

Good says since Glen Dale Woodall's case was overturned after it was proven that state crime lab chemist Fred Zane lied about the evidence, he feels his case is also tainted. But, the judge disagrees, and the trial will begin Tuesday.

Good is charged in the rapes of two women kidnapped from the Huntington Mall in 1987.



UPDATE 3/25/11 @ 10:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of the Huntington Mall rapes in the 1980s says he doesn't believe his attorney is ready for trial which is set to start Tuesday.

Donald Good was back in court today asking Judge Alfred Ferguson to recuse himself in this case. He's expressed his unhappiness with the judge's ruling in a string of motion hearings on everything from DNA evidence to fingerprints. In the end, Judge Ferguson denied his request calling it an attempt to delay the trial. Good filed that motion on his own without his attorney, Jack Laishley's knowledge. Judge Ferguson said the court will not hear anymore motions filed directly by Good.

Good previously filed a motion for a new attorney, Judge Ferguson also denied that request.

After the hearing, Good talked with WSAZ.com's Carrie Cline saying he's been railroaded and is not guilty of the crime.

"I have my doubts about my attorney. There is all kinds of evidence out there and all kinds of witnesses that need to be spoken to that have not been spoken to. This is a railroad job here," said Good.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


UPDATE 3/25/11 @ 2:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For the second time this week, the man accused of the Huntington Mall rapes in the 1980's will be back in court.

A motion's hearing in Donald Good's case has been scheduled for Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Judge Alfred Ferguson is presiding over the case. According to his office, the motion was filed to disqualify Judge Ferguson from the case.

Last Good's trial is scheduled to start next Tuesday.



UPDATE 3/22/11 @ 4 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of the Huntington Mall rapes will stand trial on the charges Tuesday, March 29.

That word from Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles following a hearing for Donald Good Tuesday morning.

The court set the March 29 trial date back in December. Chiles says the date remains firm.

Good is charged in a 22 count indictment. The charges include kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse. They stem from the 1987 abductions of two women on separate occasions from the Huntington Mall who were then taken elsewhere and raped repeatedly

Also, during Tuesday’s hearing, the judge denied Good’s request for a new attorney.



UPDATE 2/25/11 @ 2:00 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of the Huntington Mall rapes in 1987 was in court Friday.

Donald Good's attorney has filed several motions aimed at suppressing DNA and other evidence. John Laishley said his client is still very skeptical of the evidence saying too many things have been lost, mishandled and misplaced in this case creating significant doubt about it's integrity and credibility.

If the defense is successful in getting that evidence suppressed, the case would be tossed out.

Good will be back in court on March 11 for hearings on the motions made in court.



UPDATE 2/3/11 @ 11:35 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of kidnap and sexual assault from 1987 at the Huntington Mall was back in court Thursday.

Donald Good appeared before Judge Alfred Ferguson Thursday morning. Ferguson was appointed the case after Judge Dan O'Hanlon recused himself.

During Thursday's status hearing, the Ferguson granted a mental evaluation for Good. Good was found incompetent to stand trial in the murder of Terry Kidd in 1992. That decision was later reversed and Good pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison with mercy.

The defense attorney in the case plants to file motions to suppress the chain of evidence in the mall rape case.

A motions hearing has been scheduled for February 22.



UPDATE 1/11/11 @ 12:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Donald Good will get a new judge in his case.

Judge Dan O'Hanlon submitted a letter to the WV Supreme Court dated January 7, 2011, voluntarily recusing himself from the case saying, "In my new positions as Vice Chancellor of Technology for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Director of WVNET, my duties are requiring much out of town travel and attendance in various meetings, which leave me no alternative."

Judge O'Hanlon was appointed to preside over the Huntington Mall rapist trial of Donald Good last October even though he was set to retire in November. Judge O'Hanlon was approved with Senior Status Judge effective November 1, the day his retirement officially started. As a condition of that status, he requested to continue presiding over the case.

O'Hanlon presided over the case of then accused rapist, Glen Dale Woodall back in 1987 and subsequently approved his release five years later in 1992, when it was proven he wasn't guilty.

A grand jury indicted Good on 22 counts including charges of kidnapping, robbery and rape. Good is currently in prison for a 1992 murder.

Good's attorney had previously asked Judge O'Hanlon to recuse himself stating conflict of interest with him presiding over the case before where a man was wrongly charged and convicted of the same crime.



UPDATE 12/7/10 @ 2 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Donald Good was back in court Tuesday afternoon. His trial was set for March 29, 2011 with a pre-trial hearing set for December 29 at 10 a.m. The trial is expected to take four days.

Donald Good pleaded not guilty to 22 counts that include kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse. They stem from the 1987 abductions of two women on separate occasions from the Huntington Mall who were then taken elsewhere and raped repeatedly. Good's family echoes his not guilty plea rather loudly.

Good gave a DNA sample in October to confirm the match made by the CODIS computer system that lead to his indictment. Those results have come back, but Good's attorney, John Laishley, says they've hired an independent lab to review the sample.

"Good is emphatic that he is not guilty of those crimes and has asked me to absolutely do everything within my power to prove his innocence," said Laishley.



UPDATE 10/29/10 @ 2:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- He was already in prison convicted of a murder from 1992. But, Friday, Donald Good was back in court facing new charges-accused of being the Huntington mall rapist from back in 1987.

Donald Good pleaded not guilty to 22 counts that include kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse. They stem from the 1987 abductions of two women on separate occasions from the Huntington Mall who were then taken elsewhere and raped repeatedly. Good's family echoes his not guilty plea rather loudly.

"I know him and he’s not capable of doing something so disgusting," said Sheirlein Good.

Sheirlein is standing by her man--even though he didn't necessarily stand by her. She was married to good for several years and was pregnant with his child at the time of the Huntington Mall crimes.

"He was a workaholic. He was too busy to do what they said. He had a pregnant wife and a girlfriend on the side. I know he didn't have time to do this too," Pamela Hayes said.

Hayes will go to great lengths to defend her brother. From digging up Good's shady personal life to even accusing law enforcement of manufacturing more evidence. She's convinced her brother is innocent.

"We were all raised the same way. I’m not capable of something like that and neither is he," Hayes said.

While in court, Good was very calm and appeared even relaxed as his defense attorney and the prosecutor battled over whether a fresh DNA sample was needed.

"It’s standard procedure when there is a CODIS match that you obtain another DNA sample with a chain of custody for confirmatory purposes," said Chris Chiles, Cabell County Prosecutor.

"Your honor, Mr. Good maintains his innocence and doesn’t trust DNA," defense lawyer Jack Laishley said.

On his way out of the courtroom, Good was surrounded by tight security. They whisked him away, but not before a brief exchange.

“Mr. Good, what do you think about the charges against you?” WSAZ.com's Carrie Cline asked.

“Not guilty,” Good said.

Judge Dan O'Hanlon granted the prosecutor's request for the fresh DNA sample and it was conducted before good left the courthouse.
Good will be back in court on December third for a status hearing.

Good will be back in court on December third for a status hearing.
Donald Good was indicted last week -- 18 years after Glen Dale Woodall was released for the crime. In Woodall's case, it was found that DNA evidence used to convict him was falsified. That came after he had already served nearly five years for the crime.



UPDATE 10/29/10 @ 10:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Donald Good was arraigned in Cabell County Circuit Court this morning on 22 counts of robbery, sexual assault and sexual abuse. Police say evidence proves Good is the Huntington Mall rapist who abducted two women from the Huntington Mall in 1987 and raped them repeatedly.

Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles filed a motion to get a new DNA sample from Good to confirm the match made in the database system. Judge Dan O'Hanlon granted that request and the sample was taken today.

Good's next court appearance is scheduled for December 3 at 1:30pm for a status hearing.



UPDATE 10/25/10 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cabell County Circuit Court Judge Dan O'Hanlon may be retiring this week, but you will still see him around the courthouse.

O'Hanlon has been appointed to preside over the Huntington Mall rapist trial of Donald Good. Judge O'Hanlon was approved with Senior Status Judge effective November 1, the day his retirement officially begins. As a condition of that status, he requested to continue presiding over the case.

O'Hanlon presided over the case of then accused rapist, Glen Dale Woodall back in 1987 and subsequently approved his release five years later in 1992, when it was proven he wasn't guilty.

A grand jury indicted Good last week on 22 counts including charges of kidnapping, robbery and rape. Good is currently in prison for a 1992 murder.

Good will be arraigned Friday, October 29, in O'Hanlon's courtroom.



UPDATE 10/22/10 @ 6:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The new man charged in the Huntington Mall rapes is Donald Good. Good is currently in prison for murder -- he pleaded guilty to killing Terry Kidd in 1992. For Kidd's family this development brings back all kinds of emotions and questions.

"It brings a lot back," Kidd's mother Lyda says. She says her son's murder has changed her family's life. She also says while she's shocked to hear that Good is facing new charges, she's not surprised. "I wouldn't put it past him."

Kidd was killed five years after police say Good kidnapped and raped two women at the Huntington Mall.

"If they would have caught him when they arrested that other guy," Kidd's brother William says. "Then maybe my brother wouldn't have been murdered."

But Kidd's family is living a different reality. His family initially reported him missing only to find out he had been kidnapped from his home in St. Albans and murdered.

"Good drove the victim's vehicle, with the victim in it, to the Mink Shoals area of I-79 where the victim was shot and killed," Vic Gazitano with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said after Good's arrest in 1992. "Kidd's body was then taken to a rural area near Mariette, Ohio where the vehicle was set on fire with the victim's body inside."

But Good's trial was a roller-coaster. First, he was found incompetent to stand trial. That decision was later reversed and he pleaded guilty to murder. He was sentenced to life with Mercy.

"Me and my little brother were really close and there's like an empty space there," William says.

Kidd's family says Good was jealous of his relationship with one of Good's ex-girlfriends and that was him motive Good is up for parole on November 1, 2010. Kidd's family is ready to go to the parole hearing just as they have done several times in the past, but they hope these new charges will put him away for good.

Good's sister says she doesn't believe the evidence is real. She says the issues with Fred Zain overshadows today's indictment. Zain was with the state police and handled the DNA in the initial case. It was later alleged that he fabricated more than 100 DNA samples to get convictions. She also says her parents accepted the plea bargain for the 1992 killing of Kidd because Good was incapable of making the decision himself.



UPDATE 10/22/10 @ 5:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's a day that was a long time coming for the two victims of these brutal rapes and even for Glen Dale Woodall--who's lived under a cloud of suspicion for years.
But, police feel confident they finally have their man.
They made the announcement in a news conference this morning in the same courtroom where Woodall was convicted, then later exonerated.

Anytime you can make a major announcement like this in a cold case that's more than two decades old, it's a very good day.

“Two women were kidnapped from the Huntington mall, robbed and repeatedly raped and then released one hour later,” said Chris Chiles, Cabell County Prosecutor.

One horrific hour for two women that set off a firestorm of fear. Glen Dale Woodall was arrested, charged and convicted of the crimes. He served nearly five years in prison before the same DNA testing that was used against him cleared him.

Then, a little more than a year ago, a retired state police officer heard a rumor about the case. State Trooper, Sgt. Mike Parde checked into it and that eventually led to Donald Good.

“It was just a matter of investigating the details of who Good was and then locate the victims,” said Sgt. Parde.

“This summer, we matched our evidence from the crime with the DNA database and got a match with Donald Good,” said Chiles.

“It was exciting. For me, it was bringing peace to two nice ladies who went through a horrific event,” said Sgt. Parde.

Good, already in prison on non-related charges, now faces a 22-count indictment that includes aggravated robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault. It's the beginning of a new phase that means digging up plenty of old wounds.

“I think the victims are truly the courageous ones to be willing to go through all of this again,” said Sgt. Parde.

Sgt. Parde has been in contact with the victims. He says they've expressed some relief that police believe they've finally caught the culprit.

We do know both women have moved out of the area now, but if this goes to a trial have indicated they are willing to return and testify.

Understandably, both victims have been through an emotional roller coaster over the last 23 years. But, the thought of getting closure in this case brings great peace.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/22/10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Prosecutors and police announced an indictment Friday in the abduction and rape of two women from the Huntington Mall parking lot in1987.

This is the case that garnered national attention after Glen Dale Woodall was cleared of all charges after spending five years in prison due to the false testimony of a West Virginia State Police chemist named Fred Zain.

During a Friday morning press conference, it was announced that a Cabell County Grand Jury has indicted Donald Good of Kanawha County for the crimes.

Good faces a 22 count indictment. He is charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of first degree sexual abuse, ten counts of first degree sexual assault and six counts of second degree sexual assault. He will be arraigned on the charges on October 29.

Good is currently an inmate in the Mount Olive prison on a first degree murder conviction, according to the Department of Corrections website.

According to prior stories covered by WSAZ, Donald Good was given life with mercy for killing Terry Kidd in 1992. Good was declared incompetent to stand trial shortly after he was arrested, but a judge reversed the decision.

According to the Department of Corrections website, Good was scheduled to have a parole hearing on November 1, 2010.

In early 1987, two women in separate incidents, were abducted at knife point in the mall parking lot and then raped.

In both attacks, the attacker wore a ski mask and forced the women to close their eyes during the attacks.

At the time of the alleged rapes Good worked as a car hauler.

In July 1987, Glen Dale Woodall, a Huntington cemetery worker, was found guilty of sexual assault, sexual abuse, kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

A Cabell County judge sentenced him to two life terms without parole plus an additional 203 to 335 years in prison.

During the trial, a state police chemist named Fred Zain testified that hair and body fluids taken from the victims matched Woodall’s.

In May 1992, DNA evidence overturned the conviction - Woodall was not the so-called mall rapist.

Woodall was awarded $l million from West Virginia for his wrongful conviction and false imprisonment.

Prosecutors and police visited Woodall at his Cabell County home earlier this morning and informed him of the indictment. They said Woodall was very appreciative of hearing the news.

Zain was later found guilty of falsifying evidence in a number of cases, including Woodall’s.

According to the news conference, law enforcement heard a rumor about the rape case that opened up the investigation again, after it was closed for so long. They said that rumor turned out to be false, but it sparked the investigation and led to the current charges.

Police say all of the officers who worked on this case when it first happened have since retired. They also say that the guy who actually solved this case was in middle school when it happened.

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