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Woman twice convicted of murder seeks clemency

August 9, 2018

IRONTON — Megan Goff, a Hamilton Township woman twice convicted of killing her estranged husband in 2006, is seeking clemency from Ohio Gov. John Kasich, according to Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.

A hearing is set before the Ohio Parole Board on Aug. 27 in Columbus on the clemency issue, Anderson said Tuesday. He and Detective Aaron Bollinger of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office plan to attend the hearing and argue against clemency for Goff, 39.

She shot Bill Goff 15 times using two handguns in Lawrence County more than a dozen years ago. She initially was convicted before a special judge in 2007. That aggravated murder verdict was overturned, and in a second trial in 2011 she was once again convicted of murder.

“I’m opposed to it,” Anderson said. “I plan to give the state’s side to the parole board.”

He said Goff isn’t eligible to see the parole board until 2024. The parole board will make a recommendation to the governor’s office on clemency for Goff.

The second conviction was appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, which ruled against giving her a third trial.

Goff claimed to be a battered woman. Defense lawyers argued Bill Goff, who taught his wife to shoot, had subjected her and their two children to years of continued verbal and emotional abuse.

Prosecutors argued Goff had left their home and came back several weeks later with several guns to shoot her estranged husband as he opened the door to her.

The Ohio Supreme Court ordered a second trial, saying Special Judge Fred Crow let a prosecution expert testify about what Goff said during a court-ordered psychiatric examination. The initial trial was held before Crow without a jury.

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