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Woman convicted of killing her husband seeking clemency

August 28, 2018

COLUMBUS - A clemency hearing for Megan Goff, a Hamilton Township woman twice convicted of killing her estranged husband in 2006, lasted more than five hours Monday before the Ohio Parole Board, according to Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson.

Anderson and Detective Sgt. Aaron Bollinger of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s office testified during the hearing in Columbus. They oppose clemency for Goff.

The parole board now has 30 days to submit a written recommendation to Gov. John Kasich as to whether he should grant clemency to 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 2010, she was once again convicted of murder.

Megan Goff was represented by Paula Brown, a Columbus lawyer. Brown represented Goff during her second trial. She is using a defense of battered woman’s syndrome in an attempt to gain her freedom.

She has served 11 years on a sentence of 18 years to life in the murder case, Anderson said.

“We believe justice demands she serve out her prison sentence,” Anderson said.

He said Goff isn’t eligible to see the parole board until 2025.

“There is no evidence she was a battered woman,” Anderson said. “They had been separated for 60 days when she went back there and shot him.”

Goff’s first trial wasn’t before a jury and subsequently was overturned and a new trial was ordered. 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.

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