RALEIGH, N.C. — The state Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case of a man serving consecutive life terms for the murders of a Johnston County couple who owned the trailer park where he lived.
The court will hear the arguments Monday afternoon in the case of George Goode, who originally was sentenced to death for the 1992 murders of Leon and Margaret Batten.
A federal judge cited ineffective attorneys when he overturned that sentence, and Goode was sentenced to consecutive life terms last year.
The federal judge also reprimanded a State Bureau of Investigation agent for presenting misleading blood evidence at Goode's trial.
Attorney Diane Savage will argue that Goode should be sentenced to concurrent life terms.
Goode was convicted in the beating and stabbing deaths of the couple. He has insisted that he was there when they were killed but did not participate. He was convicted along with his brother and another man.