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

Posted July 2, 2007 12:39 p.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2007 7:36 a.m. EDT

— 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.