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Goodson manslaughter trial begins Tuesday
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 27, 2014 | 2979 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preparation for a trial under way in Jones County Superior Court this week took place Feb. 20 with pretrial motions.

Waylon Earl Goodson was arrested June 10, 2013 and charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the May 6 fatal shooting of Brittany Lynn Grizzle. The motions were heard by Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior in the small courtroom due to the weekly criminal and civil motion day proceedings taking place in the large courtroom.

The victim’s family attended the motions, which put them in close proximity to the defendant, who is out on bond.

Goodson was represented by defense attorney Holly Edwards, and the case is being prosecuted by District Attorney Fred Bright and Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale.

Edwards asked the court for items such as the victim’s mobile phone and EMS reports. Bright told the court that neither of the items would be used in the prosecution of the case.

Grizzle’s mother brought the phone to the courtroom but was reluctant to give possession to the defense attorney. She did eventually release the phone, which had been returned to her by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department after its inspection of the device.

Bright told the court that his office has an open policy and has given the defense everything it has. He said Edwards wants the EMS report but the state does not have possession of it.

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