NEW INFO: Murder Conviction Upheld for Megan Goff

By: Randy Yohe, WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: Randy Yohe, WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/9/13 @ 1:50 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An Ohio Appeals Court has again upheld the murder conviction of a woman from Lawrence County, Ohio.

On January 7, the Ohio 4th District Court of Appeals upheld Megan R. Goff's conviction.

On March 17, 2006, Goff went to the home of her estranged husband, William Goff, armed with two handguns and shot him 15 times. He died from the multiple gunshot wounds.

In 2007, Megan Goff was convicted after a bench trial. The Ohio 4th District Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction 2009. But the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed the decision because an expert witness for the state provided testimony that violated Megan's right against self incrimination.

In August 2011, Goff received a new trial and a jury found her guilty of murder.

The decision filed on January 7, 2013 affirms the jury conviction and sentence of life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 18 years.

According to the Lawrence County, Ohio Prosecutor's Office, this ends Goff's appeals as a matter of right. She may however request a discretionary appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.



UPDATE 9/20/11 @ 10:06 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Megan Goff is not getting a new trial.

The Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office says a judge denied the motion on Monday.

Goff’s lawyer made the motion following her conviction last month.

In August, a jury found Goff guilty of murdering her husband, Bill, back in 2006. She was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. She was also given three years for a gun specification. Goff will be eligible for parole in 18 years.

In 2007, Goff was also convicted of the same shooting death, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.



UPDATE 8/26/11 @ 11:30 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- She was convicted not once, but twice, of killing her husband, and Friday Megan Goff learned her new sentence.

In her first trial, Goff was found guilty by a judge of murdering her husband Bill. In that trial, she received a sentence of life, with a possibility of parole after 33 years.

Goff was granted a jury trial, and earlier this month, a jury determined Megan had the intent to kill, but any prior calculation and design in the shooting was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier tells WSAZ.com Goff was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on the new verdict. She was also given three years for a gun specification.

Goff will be eligible for parole in 18 years.



UPDATE 8/12/11 @ 5:35 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A jury Friday afternoon found Megan Goff -- who'd already been convicted once of killing her husband -- guilty a second time... in the re-trial.

However -- she was convicted on a lesser charge of murder.
WSAZ.com has the verdict breakdown and the lesser charge may lead to less jail time.

In her first trial, Goff declined a jury, and a judge alone found her guilty of aggravated murder in the two guns shooting of her estranged husband Bill.

This time a jury determined Megan had the intent to kill, but any prior calculation and design in the shooting was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

After some initial elation on hearing not guilty to aggravated murder- Megan Goff’s hopes for freedom sank after the judge read the guilty verdict of murder.

Police say the 31 year old came out of hiding and went to her estranged husband Bill's home in March of 2006, where she shot and killed him with 15 shots from two guns.

Megan’s father who lived next door to the 40 something year old man who would marry his teenage daughter, said people don't know what happens behind closed doors.

Father Joe Farrell told us; “I'm in shock right now, Q; what is it that people need to understand about your daughter?
I don't have a comment on that.”

Megan’s lawyers worked to prove that the mother of two suffers from battered woman syndrome, after living a life of mental and sexual submission at Bill Goff’s hands.

Goff says she shot after perceiving she was cornered in a “kill of be killed” situation wit a man threatening to kill her and her children.
Prosecutors say no, it was Megan, not bill - who was the aggressor.

Prosecutor Brigham Anderson explained; “this was a purposeful killing.
Q: It's your belief bill Goff was not a wife batterer?
A; yes, all the evidence that came before us other than what Megan said showed he was a peaceful man there's no evidence at all he was a wife batterer

Megan Goff’s mother - Karen Gearheart told WSAZ.com off camera there was no justice here - and her daughter was trying to protect her children.

She said she knows that because she also lived as a battered wife.

Megan Goff’s murder conviction carries a recommended sentence of life in prison with no parole possibility for 18 years.

That sentencing is set for August 26th.



UPDATE 8/12/11 @ 1:35 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A jury has found Megan Goff guilty of murder in her retrial.

The jury returned the verdict at 1:30 Friday afternoon.

Goff showed very little emotion when the verdict was read. She will be sentenced August 26.

Goff was on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband, Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

The jury began deliberating the case around 11:30 Thursday morning, jurors recessed for the day at 5 p.m. They resumed deliberations at 9 a.m. Friday, before reaching the verdict at 1:30 p.m.

The judge gave jurors four possible verdicts: aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, self defense -- meaning not guilty.

Goff admitted to shooting her husband 15 times with two guns.

Prosecutors said Goff planned and plotted the shooting.

Goff's attorneys say she was in an abusive relationship and believed it was shoot or die.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 8/11/11 @ 6:00 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) – A jury deciding the fate of Megan Goff will return to work at 9 a.m. Friday morning.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

The jury began deliberations in the murder case at 11:37 Thursday morning. The judge sent them home for the night around 5 p.m.

The judge gave jurors four possible verdicts: aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, self defense -- meaning not guilty.

Goff admits to shooting her husband 15 times with two guns.

Prosecutors say Goff planned and plotted the shooting.

Goff's attorneys say she was in an abusive relationship and believed it was shoot or die.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 8/11/11 @ 11:50 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Megan Goff’s fate is now in the hands of jury.

The jury began deliberations in the murder case at 11:37 Thursday morning.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

Goff admits to shooting her husband 15 times with two guns.

Monday, she took the witness stand in her retrial to explain why she pulled the trigger.

The jury got the case following closing statements by both attorneys.

The judge gave jurors four possible verdicts: aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, self defense -- meaning not guilty.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


UPDATE 8/10/11 @ 10:45 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Closing statements in Megan Goff’s murder trial will not begin until Thursday morning.

Following testimony from three rebuttal witnesses Wednesday morning, the judge recessed court until Thursday. The judge will spend the rest of the day working with attorneys on jury instructions.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

Goff admits to shooting her husband 15 times with two guns. On Monday, she took the witness stand in her retrial to explain why she pulled the trigger.

The prosecution began its case last Thursday morning and rested shortly before noon last Friday.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 8/9/11 @ 6:20 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- What is battered woman's syndrome and does it justify a killing?

That’s what a jury is trying to decide this week in the retrial of once convicted murderer Megan Goff.

That jury listened Tuesday to an expert witness explain battered woman syndrome and why Goff shot her estranged husband Bill in 2006.

Megan Goff fired 15 shots from two guns -- something that's come up in previous testimony.

In her first trial, with only a judge deciding her fate, an appeals court ruled a prosecution expert witness went beyond explaining battered woman's syndrome. This time, a jury is considering evidence at the trial.

On Tuesday, the defense called a local psychiatrist to explain how this condition affected Megan Goff’s life and her deadly actions.

Dr. Bobby Miller of Huntington has interviewed and tested Megan Goff seven times since she shot Bill Goff in March 2006.

Miller testified that the modern definition of battered woman's syndrome includes controlling possessiveness and sexual assault -- not just hitting and other physical violence.

Miller said Megan Goff is a classic case.

He said during repeated rapes as a child by a male babysitter, Megan Goff separated her mind from her body. He said that conditioned her to submit to and marry a man 25 years older -- Bill Goff.

Miller said Megan Goff submitted to control, verbal abuse and life at gunpoint because she felt Bill Goff was godlike -- and pleasing him was the right thing to do.

But he said when Megan Goff perceived that Bill Goff was threatening their children, the syndrome changed.

Megan Goff fled into hiding and when she was discovered by Bill, she set up a confrontation -- feeling like it was her life or his.

During cross examination, Miller admitted he never interviewed any of Bill Goff’s family or friends. He said he knew that Bill Goff never hit Megan. He also testified Bill Goff taught her to shoot a gun the same time he was supposedly threatening her life.

Miller also testified he was paid $17,000 for his testimony.



UPDATE 8/9/11 @ 2:00 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) – Testimony is expected to wrap up Tuesday afternoon in Megan Goff’s murder trial.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

Goff admits to shooting her husband 15 times with two guns. On Monday, she took the witness stand in her retrial to explain why she pulled the trigger.

Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Bobby Miller, a Huntington psychiatrist, took the stand as a defense witness to talk about battered women’s syndrome. Miller is expected to be the last witness for the defense.

The prosecution began its case last Thursday morning and rested shortly before noon last Friday.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 8/8/11 @ 5:45 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- She admits to shooting her husband 15 times with two guns. On Monday, Megan Goff took the witness stand in her retrial to explain why she pulled the trigger.

In the first trial, the appeals court ruled an expert went too far in explaining "battered woman syndrome."

On Monday, Goff explained it herself -- noting sexual abuse episodes from childhood through marriage. She mentioned many episodes from different people using the same force -- a gun to her head.

Now 31, Goff says she was just 15 when her family moved in next door to a near 40-year-old Bill Goff.

Megan Goff says Bill Goff pursued her, and she let it escalate into him dominating continuous sexual encounters.

Megan testified that at 4 and a half years old, she was raped several years by a babysitter who held a gun to her head and threatened to kill her and her family if she told.

After she married Bill Goff at 19, she says he dominated her verbally and sexually with an arsenal of guns.

She said he would always have a gun -- even take one from room to room. She testified he always took two outside, and even kept a gun as he was taking a shower.

Megan Goff says after years of controlling abuse, she and the couple's two children fled into hiding.

Bill Goff pursued. A few days before the March 2006 shooting, she says Bill Goff told her mom would have a birthday present -- two dead grandkids and a dead daughter.

She says on March 18, 2006, she went to talk with Bill Goff -- to try and end the relationship. She said she took two loaded guns to keep things even. But then she says she was trapped inside the house with Bill Goff, and her explanation ended there.

Megan Goff’s description of Bill Goff’s domination was overwhelming -- from controlling the kids, the food, to continuous threats at gunpoint.

Megan Goff broke down twice during her testimony; one sobbing outburst forced a recess. She says she stayed with Bill Goff for years -- to try and convince her husband she loved him. She explained she thought that would make everything better.

Megan Goff’s lawyers will call more witnesses Tuesday. The case could go to the jury by Wednesday



UPDATE 8/8/11 @ 3:08 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Testimony has wrapped for the day in Megan Goff’s murder retrial.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

Goff testified in her own defense for most of the day Monday. She was followed by a witness from a local domestic violence shelter. More defense witnesses are expected to take the stand Tuesday.

The prosecution began its case last Thursday morning and rested shortly before noon last Friday.



UPDATE 8/8/11 @ 10:28 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Megan Goff has taken the stand in her own defense.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

The prosecution began its case last Thursday morning and rested shortly before noon last Friday. Court was then recessed until Monday morning.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 8/5/11 @ 3 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) – The prosecution has rested its case in Megan Goff’s murder retrial.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

The prosecution began their case Thursday morning and rested shortly before noon Friday. Court was then recessed until Monday morning. At that time, the defense will begin presenting their case. No word if Megan Goff will testify in her own defense.

The trial could wrap-up early next week.



UPDATE 8/4/11 @11:37 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Testimony is underway in Megan Goff’s murder retrial.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

The prosecution began their case Thursday morning by calling several expert witnesses and then showing a home video of Bill Goff.

The judge also dismissed one of the 16 jurors due to an illness.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



b>UPDATE 8/4/11 @10:15 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Megan Goff shook her head no and cried as the state presented their opening arguments to a 16 member jury Thursday morning.

Goff is on trial in Lawrence County, Ohio for the murder of her husband, Bill back in 2006.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder, but last year the Ohio Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

During opening arguments Thursday, prosecutors went over the events that led up to the shooting and asked jurors to see it as a planned out murder.

Goff’s attorney then presented his opening arguments, saying how Bill threatened Megan and their children. and how he was abusive to her.

The defense said "there's no question as to who shot Bill Goff, the question is why Bill Goff was shot". They say this is a case of self defense.

Megan Goff is expected to testify in her own defense during the trial. 911 tapes will also be played from the day of the shooting.

Bill Goff was shot 15 times in the head, neck, and chest.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 8/3/11 @ 5:23 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A convicted murderer is getting a second chance at a trial.

In 2006 Megan Goff, of Lawrence County, Ohio, was arrested for the shooting death of her husband Bill. He was shot 15 times in the head, neck and chest.

In 2007, Goff was convicted of the murder -- not by a jury -- but by a judge. During the trial, Goff said she shot her husband after he threatened to kill her and their children. She claimed self defense.

Goff was sentenced to 33 years,but last year the Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

After spending two-and-a-half days selecting a jury from a pool of 150 possible jurors, prosecutors wanted the jury to see the shooting scene before testimony begins.

A usually stoic Megan Goff became very emotional.

All involved in the trial went to see Bill Goff’s former Hamilton Township home, and Megan’s father's former home next door.

Prosecutors say in March 2006, Megan took two guns and shot her estranged husband 15 times. This was the first time Goff was back at the crime scene since the shooting. Her father told WSAZ.com's Randy Yohe that she's been holding up well while in prison, with no troubling incidents behind bars.

Goff is getting a re-trial because the Supreme Court ruled on an appeal that testimony from a prosecution expert witness went beyond discussing battered woman syndrome.

This time around, Goff has a new legal defense team from Columbus and a new judge from Franklin County, Ohio -- the county where Columbus is located.

In her first trial, Megan Goff was tried, convicted and sentenced to 33 years in prison by a judge alone. This time, the woman who says she shot Bill Goff in self defense -- requested a jury trial.

With around 30 witnesses expected, the trial should take about two weeks.

Megan Goff remains jailed on a $2.5 million bond.

Opening arguments will start at 9 a.m. Thursday.



UPDATE 8/3/11 @ 2:36 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A jury has been seated in the retrial of a woman charged with killing her husband.

Megan Goff’s trial is taking place in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Goff was convicted in 2007 for murdering her estranged husband Bill Goff in March 2006 by shooting him 15 times.

The judge gave Goff a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 33 years.

Following the conviction, Goff filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court and it was upheld, granting her a new trial.

The jury was seated early Wednesday afternoon. The panel was then taken to the scene of the shooting. Following the visit, court was dismissed for the day. Opening arguments are expected to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Judge Patrick McGrath, of Franklin County, Ohio, has been appointed by the Ohio State Supreme Court to handle the case after Judge Fred Crow recused himself due to health reasons.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information on the trial.



UPDATE 8/1/11 @ 11:45 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Jury selection is underway in the retrial of a woman charged with killing her husband.

Megan Goff’s trial is taking place in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Goff was convicted in 2007 for murdering her estranged husband Bill Goff in March 2006 by shooting him 15 times.

The judge gave Goff a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 33 years.

Following the conviction, Goff filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court and it was upheld, granting her a new trial.

The first trial was a bench trial where the judge decided the verdict, now a jury will decide her fate.

Jury selection is expected to take all day Monday and Tuesday. Two jury pools of 75 people each have been called to the courthouse.

Judge Patrick McGrath, of Franklin County, Ohio, has been appointed by the Ohio State Supreme Court to handle the case after Judge Fred Crow recused himself due to health reasons.

Opening arguments are expected to start Wednesday.

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



UPDATE 5/24/11 @ 6 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A new trial, a new judge and plenty of new motions on the way.

Megan Goff, who was convicted in 2007 for murdering her husband in 2006, was back in a Lawrence County Courtroom Tuesday.

Back in 2007, upon advice from her then attorney, Goff decided to waive her right to a jury trial and chose to have a bench trial. Tuesday, Goff's attorneys filed a motion to allow her to have a jury trial this time around. Assistant Prosecutor Anderson argued that because she filed the waiver in the past trial, that it should still stand and she should have to another bench trial. Goff's defense attorneys explained that this is a completely new trial, and when you start over again -- you get to make the choice a second time. Judge McGrath ruled from the bench Tuesday and granted the motion, saying that because this is a completely new trial -- she will get to choose if she wants a jury trial this time around.

After lunch, Goff's defense attorneys pleaded their case for a motion to change venues for the upcoming trial. Richard Parsons submitted a DVD to the court with more than 68 news stories that ran during Goff's last trial. Parsons argued that it would be very tough to seat a jury due to the level press coverage Goff's trial received. Assistant Prosecutor Robert Anderson responded that his entire career he has never had an issue seating a jury due to media coverage. Judge McGrath decided at this point in time the venue would not change, but could be addressed in the future if there is any problem eating a jury.

Another of the many motions discussed in court Tuesday dealt with Goff's bond.

Goff is currently being held on a $2.5M bond. She is able to post bond by putting up 10 percent of the amount in either cash or property. She also has another $250,000 surety bond. So, in order for Goff to be released from prison, she would have to pay around $275,000 in cash or property.

Paula Brown argued that her bond was entirely too high. She compared Goff's $2.5M bond to another murder case in Lawrence County in which the bond was much lower.

"She has a 6-year-old and a child that is about to turn 10," said Brown. "She was an ideal prisoner and when she was on home monitoring she never missed a hearing."

"She is technically only facing a $275,000 bond," said Assistant Prosecutor Anderson. "All she has to do is post that in cash or property... and this is an Aggravated Murder charge."

The judge made no ruling on the bond issue, but said he was going to take both arguments into consideration and would make a decision as promptly as possible.

The final motion to be discussed was about suppressing Goff's statements that she made to officers at the scene in 2006.

Defense attorney William Bluth explained to Judge McGrath that the mental state that Goff was in following the incident would have kept her from understanding exactly what she was doing. Bluth submitted the audio recordings from the night of the incident and asked the judge to play close attention to the sound of her voice and how frantic Goff sounded during the statements. He said that it would clearly show she was not in a sound state of mind during the confession, and thus it should be suppressed from the trial.

Assistant Prosecutor Anderson stated that he and the defense attorneys may "disagree on a lot of things during the trial, but not on the audio recordings." Anderson told Judge MGrath that if the defense had not asked to submit the tapes, he would have. Anderson feels that the tapes paint a very different picture than what Goff's attorneys believe -- a picture that shows he clearly murdered her estranged husband.

Once again, Judge McGrath didn't make a ruling on the suppression of Goff's statements, but said he work take all arguments into consideration and work to make a prompt decision.

The motion hearing wrapped up at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Goff is set to be back in court for another pre-trial hearing on June 30, at 10 a.m. Goff's attorneys declined statement, but said there will be more motions filed and argued on that Thursday in June.

The second murder trial is set to begin August 1.

Judge Patrick McGrath, of Franklin County, Ohio, has been appointed by the Ohio State Supreme Court to handle the case after Judge Crow recused himself.

Goff was convicted in 2007 for murdering her estranged husband Bill Goff in March 2006 by shooting him 15 times. After conviction, Goff filed an appeal with the District Court but was denied. Her attorneys then filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court, and it was upheld -- granting Goff this much awaited second chance.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/24/11 @ 1:10 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A murder case from four years ago is headed back to court.

Megan Goff, who was convicted of murdering her husband Bill Goff in 2006, was back in the Lawrence County Courthouse Tuesday for a motion hearing. Her conviction was overturned by the State Supreme Court in Ohio, and a new trial was ordered.

Goff, wearing the black and white prison stripes, was accompanied by three lawyers from Columbus who are representing her. Paula Brown, William Bluth and Richard Parsons are the attorneys.

Tuesday's hearing covered motions to suppress testimony, a change of venue and a request to lower Goff's bond.

The credibility of several state witnesses from the previous trial was questioned by Goff's attorneys. Her attorneys also want to suppress testimony from a doctor in the previous trial due to doctor-patient privilege. The testimony that was allowed in the previous trial was one of the main points used to overturn the previous conviction.

"If inappropriate evidence is admitted in trial one, it doesn't have to be admitted in trial two," said one of Goff's attorneys, Richard Bluth, "let's not make the same mistake twice."

"It is already on public file," argued Assistant Prosecutor Robert Anderson, in regard to the questioned testimony. "Both parties agreed to it the first time... And that wasn't one of the parts overturned by the Supreme Court."

The court broke for lunch at noon and is set to reconvene at 1 p.m.

A motion for change of venue is first on the list to be discussed when the hearing continues.

Several of Megan Goff's family members are attending Tuesday's hearing.

We have a crew in the courtroom. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information



UPDATE 1/24/11 @ 10:10 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A new trial date was set for Megan Goff on Friday.

Goff was charged with the murder of her husband in 2006. She was convicted of the crime in 2007, and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.

Back in December, the Ohio Supreme Court vacated that conviction and ordered a new trial.

During a hearing in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, Judge Fred Crow ordered Goff to stand trial on the murder charge on August 1.

Court officials say she is expected to be back in court for a pretrial on March 4.



UPDATE 12/30/10 @ 11:12 a.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a woman convicted of aggravated murder in the 2006 death of her husband, who was shot 15 times.

The court on Thursday vacated the conviction of Megan Goff. She argued in the case from southern Ohio's Lawrence County that she acted in self-defense, had endured psychological abuse and suffered from battered woman syndrome.

Justices found Goff's constitutional rights were violated when a judge let a prosecution expert testify about what Goff said during a court-ordered psychiatric examination. The exam went beyond battered woman syndrome.

The high court ruled that in such a case, the exam and testimony about it should be limited to battered woman syndrome and whether it affected the suspect's actions.



UPDATE 5/30/07
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Megan Goff will spend at least 33 years behind bars for the murder of her estranged husband last year.

Goff killed Bill Goff in March 2006 by shooting him 15 times. She was convicted last week of the murder at his home in Hamilton Township, Ohio.

The judge gave Goff a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 33 years. Part of the sentence includes time for a gun specification conviction.



UPDATE 5/18/07
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A judge in Lawrence County Ohio has found Megan Goff guilty of aggravated murder in the death of her husband

Goff shot her husband Bill after she says he threatened to kill her and their children. She claimed self defense during the bench trial.

Bill's co-workers listened to a conversation between the couple on one key phone call and they say they didn't hear any threats.

Stay with WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/30/07
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A woman on trial for murder decided to take her chance with the judge instead of a jury.

Megan Goff's trial started Monday in Ironton, Ohio.

She's accused of killing her estranged husband, Bill Goff.

The shooting happened March 18, 2006, at Mr. Goff's house in Lawrence County, Ohio.

He was shot 15 times in the head, neck and chest.

Fred Crow is the judge in the trial.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/03/06
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A woman accused of killing her estranged husband will be allowed out on bond as long as she stays on home confinement.

Megan Goff is charged with shooting Bill Goff at his home in Lawrence County, Ohio, back on March 18th.

Goff was shot 15 times in the head, neck and chest.

The judge is requiring Megan Goff to post bond and stay on home confinement.

She plans to stay at her father's home.

Goff pleaded innocent by reason of self-defense.

Her attorney indicated she may use the battered woman syndrome to establish her state of mind at the time of the shooting.


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