CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was an decision that many found to be shocking, especially coming from a district attorney who only has five weeks left in office.
“I was surprised, a lot of people were surprised,” says Noel Tinn, a defense attorney.
The surprise was that after more than 20 years as a prosecutor, Marsha Goodenow was fired Monday by District Attorney Peter Gilchrist.
If you name a big case in Mecklenburg County, chances are Goodenow has been attached to it.
She successfully prosecuted Demeatrius Montgomery, who killed two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers; banker David Crespi, who killed his children and serial killer Henry Wallace.
“I’m just astounded, with her experience, she taught and trained practically all of the members of the homicide team,” says defense attorney Norman Butler.
Tuesday afternoon Gilchrist sent out an e-mail confirming his actions. In his message he called Goodenow an excellent and ethical lawyer and doesn’t say why the split was necessary. The message does acknowledge that the staff may have difficulties understanding and accepting his decision.
Attorney Noel Tinn does not think the firing will tarnish Goodenow’s reputation.
"People know her character too well...whatever happened, happened but I think it’s unlikely her reputation is going to change as a result," he says.
NewsChannel 36 tried to contact both parties, but did not get a response. Goodenow’s last day will be Dec. 13.