Vehicular homicide defendant arrested again

Vehicular homicide defendant arrested again

August 11th, 2011 by Beth Burger in News

Demario Goodwin faces charges of vehicular homicide in the death of Perry Maddux.

Demario Goodwin faces charges of vehicular homicide in...


* July 28, 2011

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* Oct. 18, 2010

A man who already faces charges of vehicular homicide and DUI is facing a new DUI charge, according to court records.

For the widow of the man whom Demario Goodwin is accused of killing, the new arrest brings more pain.

"I want to forgive him. ... He did something really stupid, but the fact that he continues, I can't come right out and say I forgive him for what he's done to me and what he's done to my family," said Judy Maddux, whose husband, Perry, was killed when Goodwin reportedly crossed into northbound traffic and struck Perry's motorcycle last fall.

Goodwin's recent arrest is deja vu.

When Maddux's husband was killed, Goodwin already was out on bond for a prior DUI charge out of Red Bank stemming from a May 28, 2010, arrest. He posted a $20,000 bond. His blood-alcohol content was at 0.27 - more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to reports.

After Goodwin was charged on Oct. 13, 2010, with the death of 51-year-old Perry Maddux and another DUI and other driving offenses, he posted a $100,000 bond. His blood-alcohol content was 0.23 after he told police he went drinking at a couple of different locations.

Goodwin was convicted of the Red Bank DUI offense after Maddux's death on Sept. 25. He received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days, three days of public work, DUI school and the loss of his license.

On July 28, Chattanooga police stopped Goodwin while searching for a suspicious person when they noticed a strong odor of alcohol.

The most recent arrest resulted in prosecutors filing a motion this month to revoke his bond. Goodwin now remains in jail.

He has a new court date set for Sept. 12 before Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern on charges of vehicular homicide, driving left of the center lane, driving on a revoked license and DUI.

For the most recent DUI case, he will appear in court Sept. 15 in General Sessions Court before Judge David Bales. His other charges in that case include driving on a revoked license, financial responsibility, resisting arrest and implied consent law.

"I'm upset with the judicial system. I think with the way laws are written, it puts us all at risk," Maddux said.

Goodwin's prior record includes an attempted first-degree murder charge and aggravated assault in 2008. Goodwin pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was given a suspended five-year sentence by Stern, according to records.

"Had they dealt with that other case, he might have been in jail," Maddux said. "There has to be consequences. ... Honestly, the most satisfying moment for me, other than him really changing, I think he's a ways from that. I hope that with time in jail, he will really change. That is the one thing that he could do that would give me comfort. Him being in jail, off the streets, that is one less drunk driver that I have to worry about myself, my friends, my kids."

In the meantime, Maddux continues to mourn her husband and slowly move on.

"He was such a good man, all the way around," Maddux said as her voice cracked with emotion. "He had a calming influence on people and was very dependable. He made people laugh."