Megan Goff indicted for murder by grand jury

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

A woman accused of gunning down her estranged husband was indicted Monday by a Lawrence County grand jury.

Megan Goff, 26, who lists most recent addresses in Worthington, Ky., and Hartford, W.Va., was indicted on a single count of aggravated murder. That charge carries gun specification: Since she allegedly used firearms in the commission of the crime, an additional three years could be added to whatever sentence she receives if she is convicted of the aggravated murder charge.

“If she is convicted the judge has four options,” Lawrence County Prosecutor J.B. Collier Jr. said. “She can be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, life with the possibility of parole after 35 years, life with the possibility of parole after 25 years and then life with the possibility of parole after 20 years. The firearm spec would then add three years to that.”

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Goff was arrested March 18 and charged in connection with her husband’s death. William “Bill” Goff, 51, died of multiple gunshots wounds in the incident that took place at the Goff’s Hamilton Township residence, where he had been living since the couple’s separation earlier in the year. The indictment alleges that the killing was the result of “prior calculation, design and purpose.”

Megan Goff is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court before Judge Richard Walton. She remains in the Lawrence County Jail under a $5 million bond.

Her attorneys, Marty Stillpass and Chris Delawder, were not immediately available for comment this morning but have said previously that the case they intend to present will paint a different picture of the Goff situation.