Accused murderer stays in jail, bond cut

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

She remains behind bars, but the cost of getting out of jail got cheaper Wednesday for Megan Goff.

When she appeared in his court Wednesday afternoon for arraignment, Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Richard Walton reduced Goff’s bail from the $5 million set in Ironton Municipal Court to $2.5 million.

Goff was arrested earlier this month, after she allegedly shot and killed her estranged husband, William “Bill” Goff.

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Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. had asked that the $5 million bond set in Ironton Municipal Court be continued.

“The charge against her is aggravated murder. Short of a death penalty case this is the most serious felony in Ohio,” Collier said. “And there has been an admission.”

Marty Stillpass, who is co-counsel for Megan Goff, disagreed.

“We ask that the court set a reasonable bond and take into account she has no history of a previous criminal record, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County until the domestic violence incident,” Stillpass said. Stillpass refuted the idea that Goff had admitted to the circumstances of aggravated murder.

Walton said he took into account that she had been a resident of Lawrence County but was not living in the county at the time of her husband’s murder, the brutality of the crime — William “Bill” Goff was shot multiple times.

After the arraignment, Stillpass said a 50 percent bond reduction may sound favorable, but in reality does not go far enough to win Megan Goff’s release pending the outcome of her case.

“When you talk in millions, you’re talking in imaginary money,” he said.

Stillpass said he will ask the court to allow Goff to visit with her two young children while she is incarcerated.

“I feel it’s important for them to see her as much as possible,” he said.

Megan Goff remains in the Lawrence County Jail.

In other matters Wednesday, a Willow Wood man was ordered to successfully complete a substance abuse treatment program at the STAR Criminal Justice Center and was placed on four years community controlled sanctions under intensive supervised probation.

David Powell, 20, of 1708 Township Road 214 N., Willow Wood, pleaded guilty earlier this month on a bill of information to a single count of theft. Walton also ordered Powell to refrain from contact with his victims and to make restitution to them.