A teen accused of killing his father will not be tried as an adult.
Michael Goff III is charged with criminal homicide in connection with the death of Michael Goff, Jr.
Goff, Jr. was reported missing last May. In September, his remains were found near Percy Priest Lake. Goff III, also known as “Jackson,” was charged with his father’s murder.
Prosecutors wanted Goff’s case to be transferred to adult criminal court.
However, in her order, Judge Sheila Calloway wrote that Goff III has PTSD, has not been in trouble, and is receptive to mental health treatment. Therefore, he will remain in the juvenile justice system.
The order states that Goff III had no previous delinquency convictions. He was also diagnosed with PTSD when he was nine, related to the abuse he witnessed by his father against his mother.
According to testimony given by his mom, Michael Goff, Jr., abused her for years. The order says that the abusive behavior is well-documented with numerous criminal records and orders of protection against Goff, Jr., between November 2004 and May 2012.
According to friends, Goff, Jr., also had a drinking problem. He had been arrested a number of times.
The order states that witnesses report that one to three days before his murder, Goff, Jr. threatened to kill and burn his family. Shortly after the threats of burning the family, Goff III’s sister’s house burned down.
Goff III admitted to using alcohol, pot and pills to cope before his father’s murder. However, since he’s been in juvenile detention, the staff reports that Goff III has exhibited good behavior and has received treatment for his PTSD.
His next court date is June 25.