Teens to stand trial as adults in Goddard beating death case

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

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Two young men accused of a very grown-up crime will have to stand trial as adults in Ardmore. Sha'Ron Fields and Alex Scallion, both now 15-years old, are charged with first degree manslaughter. Robin Beal reports.

It has been an ongoing legal question for months. Two young boys are accused in the beating death Steven Goddard one year ago. Should they be tried in the juvenile system or go to court as adults?

Judge Tom Walker initially certified them as adults. That was appealed, and the higher court sent it back to the judge, asking him to issue separate rulings on the two teens. He did, and again certified them as adults. The defense again appealed, and the case was heard in Oklahoma City on Thursday.

"I argued before the court of criminal appeals, and their appellate lawyers argued as well, they deliberated and came back 3 to 1 in our favor, agreeing that Judge Walker’s order should be affirmed, that they are not amenable to the juvenile system, they should be certified to stand trial as adults," Carter County district attorney Craig Ladd said.

So it would appear the two teenagers will have to answer to those charges in an adult court. If they are found to be guilty, they could serve time in an adult prison alongside men many decades older than them.

Two other people, Jason Scallion and Deondrae Maytubby, have already pleaded guilty to their roles in the death and have received prison sentences of 4 to 6 years.

No trial date has been set for Fields and Scallion.


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  • by fellow redneck Location: ardmore on Jul 30, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    In response to Bubba, can you tell me why we always use a clean needle for leathel injection we could save the state a lot of money by using the same one. Do a adult crime pay the adult price.
  • by Liza Location: Ardmore on Jul 30, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    Kaye: You have to be kidding, you must be a youngan yourself to think it is ok to blame the parents. and yes your defending murders. The courts took away parents right to spank their kids and this is what happens when you spare the rod, these boys should of had many spankings,People like you ( and I use the word people very loosely in your case) probally have no kids and thank god for that and if you do I pray your kids show you how it is when they are 15. if by the age of 15 you have not taught your kids the diffrence between right and wrong then you can't after 15.and no I don't want to hear how you have the perfect kids there is no such thing. so attack me all you want cause you already look like a fool
  • by Kaye Location: Ardmore on Jul 30, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    I don't know because I wasn't there, but I imagine the older men that were accused of the crime were prolly agging these boys on... AND lets not forget this was all over a drug deal gone bad... SO I would also imagine these boys weren't in there right mind... Just a thought has anyone stopped to consider that, you know depending on what kind of drug and how much they had used there is no telling if they even remember most of the attack.. I'm not saying it justifies it by no means, but after all they are children, on drugs, an so was the victim. My question is where in the heck were the parents 15 and on major drugs, the parents should be punished also.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jul 30, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    Bubba Redneck - you have a very good point my man.
  • by observer Location: ardmore on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:52 AM
    This is a joke...these 2 "boys" brutally MURDERED a grown man!!! (Goddard was a grown man, not a child).. And if you had any idea the brutality that these 2 "boys" used against the victim, you would not be boo-hooing about them...Imagine the pain that the victim felt, he was literally STOMPED TO DEATH...Killed by someone kicking him...And this isn't the first time that these "boys" had done this heinous act, luckily the victim in that attack survived (that victim was actually a teenager). Get the facts straight and realized that these "boys" acted as grown men in their MURDER of Goddard, they were dangerous before they got caught and are just as dangerous now! BTW, I'm not a relative, friend or have any such relation to anyone involved in this. I am someone that just knows what is going on, so don't attack because some truth was put out in the open.
  • by SE Location: Bryan on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    JP, if this were an accidental death I may be more understanding. However it was not. Yes, I do not believe my kids could or would ever commit such a heinous crime. They are not angels, but I believe they have more compassion and moral belief than that. Why?, because we did everything we could as parents to instill that into them. This was not a mistake or accident, it was brutal beating. I'm not saying they don't deserve to be reformed, I just don't think it's possible.
  • by what th' Location: heck? on Jul 29, 2008 at 10:52 PM
    David, sounds to me like you are possibly a friend or family member of the accused?! I, as well as SE, had NO CLUE as to the race of any of them. (victim or accused) Why didn't the accused persons get help for their VICTIM and i do mean VICTIM. It's not about race at all. But, if that's what you have to tell yourself (and yo brothas) to feel better inside then, enjoy your stay IN DENIAL! JP,I agree with you (4 the most part) As a former TYC employee (medical) I got so tired of handing out pill after pill to those KIDS. TYC facilities are not "hands on" meaning the kids can scream, cuss, fight, spit, ect... and the guards are not supposed to lay hands on them to gain compliance.(no, i didn't want them beat down by grown men, but there WERE times i thought a good BUTT BUSTIN would have probably done some good ;) so,they are zombiefied by meds to avoid future issues.(seroquel and Abilify can be up to $1200 a month paid for by US and handed out like candy)Thats my biggest issue with TYC.
  • by JPOSBORN Location: NJ on Jul 29, 2008 at 10:04 PM
    SE . . perhaps you would be more amenable to the idea that kids can be rehabilitated if it was YOUR child sitting inside that case, begging you with all his heart to help him . . but you can't. Perhaps if your 15 year old son was the "bad guy" you would sound a different tune. Now I know that your kids could NEVER do such a thing, but there are THOUSANDS of parents of kids now incarcerated for life whose parents thought the same thing. All it takes is the willingness to give a kid a chance to redeem themselves for an act usually committed spontaneously, stupidly, without any REAL thought and in an instant. One single act should not define a young kid for the rest of their life. Think about the hollow stare of YOUR child behind bars FOREVER and whether you can live with your own kid's torture FOREVER. It can happen to you, even if you think your the perfect parent. Wouldn't you want your young son or young daughter to have at least some hope?
  • by SE Location: Bryan on Jul 29, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    David,I don't know about anyone else on here, but I never knew if the victim was white or black until now. I have no idea who this family is. I'm so sick of comments like that. You are making it a racial thing, no one else is.
  • by david Location: ardmore on Jul 29, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    if it was black on black crime you guys wouldnt even care but now that the victim was from a well known family everyone wants these kids killed thats not saying much for our community why cant they just get some help for these KIDS and i do mean KIDS
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