by Billy Roper
I just spoke with Jacob Goodwin’s mom. His preliminary hearing is over. The defense attorney, Elmer Woodard, did a great job, but the fix was in from the start. Before the lawyer even spoke a word, District Court Judge Robert Downer stated “when this goes to circuit court” in describing a procedural point, proving his mind was made up ahead of time. Jacob’s bond request was denied, and he was held over for trial. The trial date will be set in three weeks. His parents will call me back later with more details.
The only prosecution witness called in Jacob’s hearing was one police detective whose only knowledge of the altercation was seeing the video of it afterwards. That detective attempted to blame Jacob Goodwin for the entire melee in the parking garage. Under cross-examination by Elmer Woodard, he admitted that others were violently involved before Jacob…
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