Attorney calls teen murder suspect's bond 'excessive' - WKRN News 2

Attorney calls teen murder suspect's bond 'excessive'

Posted: Updated: July 1, 2013 05:21 PM
Eric Goodner, 17, was arrested in early May for the fatal shooting of Pearl Cohn High School student Jonathan Johnson. Eric Goodner, 17, was arrested in early May for the fatal shooting of Pearl Cohn High School student Jonathan Johnson.
Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed April 11. Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed April 11.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The court-appointed attorney for the 17-year-old charged with shooting a teen waiting for a school bus calls his client's $1.5 million bond "excessive."

Dwight Scott, the court-appointed attorney for Eric Goodner, told Nashville's News 2 Monday that he plans to "ask for a reduction in bond" if he continues to represent the teen murder suspect.

Scott, who represented Goodner in juvenile court proceedings on Friday where the teen's case was transferred to adult court, said he expects to be reappointed once the matter is before Metro Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt.

Scott indicated that Goodner, at some point, would likely file an indigence petition with the judge leading to a court appointed lawyer because the suspect's family might not be able to afford an attorney.

Goodner is charged with shooting 17-year-old Johnathan Johnson in April while the teen waited for a school bus.

He is being transferred to adult detention with what is considered little chance of making his $1.5 million bond.

The Goodner case contrasts with the bond for Williamson County murder suspect Randolph "Randy" Maidens, who is charged with killing his orthodontist wife Rachael at their exclusive Governors Club home in April.

Maidens was originally held on a $2.5 million bond set by a magistrate at the Williamson County Jail but it was eventually lowered a month later to $750,000 by General Sessions Judge Al Nations. 

Maidens made bond several days later after spending just over a month in the Williamson County jail.

District Attorney Kim Helper dropped a request last week to review the lower bond in exchange for a variety of new conditions that will be monitored by the GPS tracking device that Maidens is required to wear.

The prosecutor said she and Brentwood police will have access to all the GPS data 24/7.

"It gave Brentwood and myself an added sense of security that we were able to monitor his whereabouts and obviously would know if he strays from any of the conditions that were imposed as part of that GPS tracking," the DA told Nashville's News 2 on Monday. "As part of the GPS there are zones he cannot enter such as the home of his victim's mother or the school his daughter is attending."

Maidens is also banned from returning to the exclusive Brentwood Governors Club home he shared with wife unless the suspect is accompanied by his attorney and gives the Brentwood police a 24-hour notice.

"That's to ensure the safety of those folks who might be in the neighborhood, as well as Mr. Maidens' safety, so we know what is happening," added the DA.

These were terms set forth in a temporary restraining order sought in a civil wrongful death lawsuit sought by the estate of Rachael Maidens which is administered by her mother Elizabeth "Betty" Frisbie.

It may be weeks if not months before Goodner could make a motion for lower bond according to his court appointed attorney.

Most observers believe Goodner's $1.5 million bond was based on his hiding from police for nearly three weeks before being taken into custody.

Goodner is charged with criminal homicide and could face life in prison if convicted.

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