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Woman Guilty of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Partner

Posted March 27, 2008

— A Raleigh woman was found guilty Thursday of killing her ex-girlfriend's partner and was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

Victoria Graham Goode, 55, was convicted of first-degree murder in the July 1, 2007, hit-and-run death of Veronica Elaine Malone.

Malone and her nephew, who was injured, were helping Tanya Lynette Mattison move out of Goode's house when Goode ran into them with her car. The jury also found her guilty of attempted first-degree murder for hitting Malone's nephew.

The jury returned its verdict after several hours of deliberation, which began late Wednesday afternoon. During that time, it listened twice in open court to an emotional 911 call that brought tears to some jurors' eyes.

Goode testified Wednesday that her "mind snapped" when she saw Malone helping Mattison move. But she said she didn't remember crashing into her and that it wasn't until she saw a police report that she realized what she had done.

"I caused the accident, because they said I did, but I don't remember hitting anyone," Goode said, saying she never saw Malone.

Prosecutors said Goode first swiped Malone with the car, then tried to attack her with a hammer, then returned to her car and hit Malone a second time, killing her.

Goode's attorney, Bryan Collins, never disputed that his client killed Malone, but he said the death didn't constitute first-degree murder, because it wasn't premeditated.

He asked the jury to find her guilty of second-degree murder.


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  • ecsanders Mar 28, 2008

    Thank you to everyone that prayed for us.. I am really happy that 1)This trial was over quick and 2)Justice was served.. I am just thankful.. Thank you to all of our supporters Thank you to all of our prayers Thank God that Darrian was able to make it safe & that we all know that Aunt Veronica is in a way better place.. Its people like Victoria that make others believe that Earth is actually hell.. But like I said Im so happy.. Thank you Jesus.. LIFE..........LIFE................LIFE.............LIFE (AND 1000 TIMES MORE LIFE) In Prison..

    (My Opinion)

  • tdwilliams77 Mar 27, 2008

    First I want to say thank you for all the positive comments and prayers. I just want to say that that Veronica Malone (the lady who died), was the aunt of my fiance, and his brother was also injured in this accident. TODAY JUSTICE WAS SERVED!!! This has been very emotional for the family. Especially having to relive this during the trial. No one deserves to die the way she did. We know its hard for BOTH families involved, but Victoria's friends and family can go visit her, even if it is in jail. We will never see Veronica again. The family is so very thankful for the jury's decision. And we just want to say thank you and God Bless you!!!

  • koolady Mar 27, 2008

    What a sad case. I feel sorry for her that she totally lost it. A moment of weakness can bring a lifetime of distress. A first degree murder rap should be for pre-meditated murder, not for rage. Twenty years would have been a more just sentence.

  • bill0 Mar 27, 2008

    JuanGrande - you don't know what you are talking about. Sexual orientation is not included in our federal hate crime laws. Last year, they tried to add is under the "Matthew Shephard Act" but republicans fillibustered it in the senate. A similar bill has been introduced every year since 1999 and every year the republicans either voted it down (when in the majority) or fillibustered it (when in the minority.)

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Mar 27, 2008

    sexual orientation certainly does count as a hate crime. If I killed someone because that person was homosexual, you can bet your bippy I'd have a hate crime filed on me. But if it is a homosexual-on-homosexual crime, can or should it be considered a hate crime?

  • Dave Green Mar 27, 2008

    Adios. The streets are now a bit safer for a while.

  • djofraleigh Mar 27, 2008

    I would have had more sympathy for her had she killed the lover who jilted her.

    Why isn't every first degree murder a HATE crime?

  • linnway Mar 27, 2008

    I thought hate crimes had to do with race?

  • UNC-Born-Bred Mar 27, 2008

    Sexual Orientation isn't a protected class.

  • colliedave Mar 27, 2008

    Sad to say, but she will soon find a new "girl friend" in prison.