Longview man accused of killing wife may plead guilty | News
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV)- A Longview man accused of killing his wife two years ago may plead guilty in court early next year.
Harry Goodan is charged with murdering his wife Jaimie Ellyn Goodan after an argument in December 2010.
Ellyn Goodan was found shot to death at their home.
Goodan was a 13-year veteran with the Longview Police Department, and earned 29 commendations during her career.
Gregg County Assistant District Attorney Stacey Brownlee said over the phone today that Harry Goodan has waived his right to a jury trial, which would have started this next Monday.
When he next goes to court on January 10, 2013, he could plead guilty or he could plead open to the court, which would allow a judge to determine his guilt or innocence and any sort of punishment.
According to a probable cause for arrest affidavit issued in 2010, Harry Goodan called police and told them he had killed his wife, Ellyn.
Authorities say when they arrived, they found Harry, who then invited them into his home and again told them he had killed his wife.
Ellyn's father, Jim Price, told us in December 2010 that the family forgave Harry Goodan and that the Harry he knew would never intentionally hurt his daughter.
"no, no, no, no. I would never see Harry as intentionally doing this at all, but when you're in a married situation and their marriage was failing. He realized that he didn't want to lose his wife or his family," Price said. "When you get in that situation and you're arguing with your loved one nothing brings out your temper or anger better than in a battle with someone you love. I think it escalated to a point to where that's what happened. I know that he would never come out and do anything intentional to his wife he because he's lost his whole world."
The district attorney's office told us they could not comment on camera today because this matter is still ongoing - it is still possible that Harry Goodan could opt for a full trial.
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