Murder charges dropped or reduced for 3 in Goddard case

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- There are new developments in the murder case of Ardmore man Steven Paul Goddard.

Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd dropped first degree murder charges against Bruce Booker based on exculpatory evidence through witness testimony.

Christy Richards took the witness stand Thursday and said that Booker was a bystander when the beating occurred.

First degree murder charges against the two juveniles, Alex Scallion and Sha'ron Fields, were reportedly reduced to manslaughter charges.

The hearing is set to resume on December 11.


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  • by PISSED on Dec 12, 2007 at 09:04 AM
    Don't we know by now Craig Ladd is a sorry excuse for a D.A.? Where is the fairness in the way criminals are prosecuted? I would LOVE for him to not be re-elected...and I have never campained for anyone but I will for ANYONE who opposses him!!!!!!!!
  • by peggy Location: denison on Dec 1, 2007 at 04:53 PM
    sounds like grayson county to me .
  • by john Location: local on Dec 1, 2007 at 08:46 AM
    Hey they should give them about two weeks in jail they did not mean to hurt the guy if you give them more time i would say that is racist and not fair like the guys that held up the grandys
  • by Me Location: Sherman on Nov 30, 2007 at 09:31 PM
    Thank you Mr. Ladd for making our streets safer by putting the trash back out there. Hope you sleep well.
  • by Penny for Thought Location: Ardmore on Nov 30, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    This is unacceptable, for the juvenile charges to have been reduced. Carter county judicial system is becoming a joke. It is my opinion, the juveniles should have been adjudicated and charged same as the adults. A man was beat to near death, denied medical care and ultimately died. I repeat, They beat him, denied him of medical care and he died. Manslaughter does not fit. He was not armed and outnumbered against five, not one defendant is saying in self defense. How should anyone, especially a younger person, who was involved in a violent crime resulting in death, be shown leniency? Was Mr. Goddard given any leniency? What is the perspective from his family? Wonder if the feds are reviewing this case? I sure hope so, for the sake of Carter County. Until the coming of Christ, when we will all be reviewed under God's law, we only have man's law to be accountable to? Where has our accountabilty gone?
  • by Dave Location: Oklahoma on Nov 30, 2007 at 06:54 PM
    Dont worry, they will get 90 days and then be released.
  • by KENWOOD Location: DURANT on Nov 30, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COURT SYSTEM. THESE GUYS SHOULD BE CHARGED TO THE HIGHEST DEGREE.THEY KILLED SOMEONE THEY JUST DIDNT STEAL A PIECE OF CANDY.
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