Veteran prosecutor Goodenow fired, sources say

Veteran prosecutor Goodenow fired, sources say

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Veteran prosecutor Goodenow fired, sources say

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by Gary L. Wright / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 23 at 8:17 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Veteran Mecklenburg prosecutor Marsha Goodenow has been fired.

District Attorney Peter Gilchrist dismissed Goodenow on Monday, according to sources in the legal community.

Goodenow, who has headed the DA's office's homicide team for over a decade, declined comment late Monday night. Gilchrist could not be reached for comment.

Goodenow, 50, an assistant district attorney for 20 years, has handled some of Mecklenburg's biggest cases.

In September, she and other prosecutors won first-degree murder convictions against Demeatrius Montgomery in the 2007 killings of two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers.

In 1997, Goodenow obtained nine death sentences against serial killer Henry Louis Wallace for the murders of nine Charlotte women. In 2006, she sent former Wachovia bank executive David Crespi, who stabbed to death his 5-year-old twin daughters, to prison for the rest of his life.

Goodenow, raised in Charlotte and a Myers Park High graduate, was inducted in 2006 into the American College of Trial Lawyers. She was only the third woman in North Carolina to be inducted into the prestigious organization.

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