Appeals Court upholds dual life terms for Goode
Posted May 3, 2011 5:41 p.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the sentence of a man serving consecutive life terms for the murders of a Johnston County couple who owned the trailer park where he lived.
George Goode was originally 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 in 2010. Goode's new representatives argued for him to serve the sentences concurrently, claiming the consecutive life terms were too harsh a punishment. The justices disagreed.
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.