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Judge denies request for new Goff trial

Convicted murderer Megan Goff will not get a third trial, the judge in the case ruled Monday.

Visiting Judge Patrick McGrath denied a motion by Megan Goff’s attorneys, asking for a new trial or a modification of her conviction and sentence.

Goff was re-tried last month in the 2006 shooting death of her estranged husband, Bill Goff. She claimed she acted in self- defense after years of emotional abuse. Her first trial, a bench trial before another visiting judge, ended with conviction on an aggravated murder trial. That trial was overturned last year by the Ohio Supreme Court and a new trial ordered. A Lawrence County Common Pleas Jury convicted her of murder. She was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 18 years.

Her attorneys contended in their motion jury instructions were flawed and if the jury had been instructed properly, it would have found her guilty of a lesser charge. Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson disagreed, saying her attorneys were the ones who wrote the supposedly flawed instructions in the first place.