Local News

No Bond For Ex-Roommate Charged in Fatal Hit-And-Run

Posted July 2, 2007
Updated July 3, 2007

— A judge ruled Monday that a woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run will be held without bond.

As Judge Jennifer Knox announced 55-year-old Victoria Graham Goode would remain in jail, some of her supporters made emotional outbursts in the courtroom.

Police charged Goode with running her car over two people Sunday while they were trying to help remove Tanya Lynette Mattison's possessions from the house Goode and Mattison once shared at 1229 Bentley Lane.Friends told WRAL that the incident stemmed from a love triangle involving Goode, Mattison and the woman who died, Veronica Elaine Malone, 38.

"She's just — her mind is not thinking for her to realize what she did," said Elizabeth Peak, a friend of Goode's who was at the courthouse. "She just got back from vacation with her girlfriend when this news was broken to her. She snapped.”

Investigators said Goode drove into the driver's door of a vehicle at the scene, hitting Malone. Goode then parked her vehicle and started a physical dispute, authorities said.

Then, police alleged, Goode got back into her vehicle and drove down the street, made a U-turn and headed back toward the house. Goode struck Malone a second time and the 15-year-old, whose name police were withholding, with her vehicle before she left the scene, police said.

Malone and the 15-year-old were taken to WakeMed, where Malone died. The 15-year-old has non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police apprehended Goode at 2805 Willow Court. She has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and one count of larceny, police said.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • skinnycow Jul 3, 2007


    I agree. Too funny!

  • JustRational Jul 3, 2007

    Photoz, I agree. Her friend in the video says she just snapped. Mowing someone down, is a little more than snapped. The sad thing about it is that as horrible of an act that this was, I don't think there is anything that can be done to prevent such a thing from happening again.

  • photoz Jul 3, 2007

    if anyone saw the video that WRAL ran of her court appearance... was it not disgusting to see how she was just in disbelief of what she had done? she mowed down people in her car (just like that guy did in CH) and was like: "oh dear lord what have I done?"

    atleast that was the feeling I got from her body language in the video. I agree with Gandalf, she should die.

  • jchelpus Jul 3, 2007

    Okay guys, enough is enough; what has happened has already been done. Today someone mother is praying and crying and only wishing that this is a dream. This woman has brought smiles and joy to someone else's life and now she's gone. I did not know this lady personally but I do know that she comes from a good family. I do know that today and everyday someone will be different for the rest of their life without their daughter, sister, friend, or mother. This was a senseless murder that didn't have to occur if Goode would have taken an extra 2 minutes to pray. There's no excuse for the malious act. There's no excuse for what this woman has done to a family. There should be no excuse for her to pay the ultimate price---death.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 3, 2007

    iamforjustice...I watched a video clip on the news last night of what happened in the court room. Her "supporters" jumped up and started screaming when the judge stated no bond. The reporter stated that the "supporters" are stating that Goode "was crazy".

  • plzluvme2 Jul 3, 2007

    I think I will change my user name to "Rev". I've noticed that WRAL never deletes any post of the idiots who appear to be clergy.

  • iamforjustice Jul 3, 2007

    I wonder who did her braids. I love them

  • cal008 Jul 3, 2007

    Hopefully, the judge in this case will NOT be as lenient as Judge E. Lynn Johnson in Fayetteville. Take a look at the Fayetteville Observer. This judge had two hit & run drivers that both resulted in deaths (one a child) and gave them 15 days in jail! Absolutely criminal!

  • yaright Jul 3, 2007

    Gandalf: You should run For State Governor. I would vote for you if that was your platform.

  • usnn Jul 3, 2007

    Wow, this is positively the most cosmically ironic thing I have seen in a long time. Someone with the screen name "Gandalf" is advocating the death penalty.