Goodenow Fired from Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - "It's complicated” doesn't just describe Facebook relationships, but also apparently those at the Mecklenburg County DA's office.
The county's long time and well-respected lead homicide prosecutor, Marsha Goodenow, has been abruptly fired. In an email allegedly written by her now ex-boss, outgoing District Attorney Peter Gilchrist, he calls Goodenow an "excellent and ethical lawyer," but goes on to say that the relationship between himself and his "most senior staff is a complex one that he can't discuss."
The announcement has rocked Charlotte's legal community. "Charlotte Mecklenburg benefited greatly as having her as a prosecutor, and I'm from the other side of the table,” says defense attorney Bill Powers. He calls Goodenow a leader and a consummate professional.
He says there's not a major capital murder case in town that Goodenow hasn't touched, including serial killer Henry Louis Wallace, killed Panthers player Fred Lane, David Crespi, convicted of stabbing to death his twin 5-year-old daughters and most recently, convicted cop killer Demeatrius Montgomery.
Of the Montgomery case, Powers says, "She took a really, really tough case with some terrible circumstances and she really wove some magic in that case." It's that skill that has many wondering if incoming District Attorney Andrew Murray will make a play to re-hire Goodenow when he takes office January first.
Murray tells FOX Charlotte that he was not privy to Gilchrist's decision to fire Goodenow, had no comment on it and that it was too early to say if he'd re-hire her.
Not everyone is disappointed to see Goodenow go. Robin Franklin, the mother of Brock Franklin, the young man convicted of driving drunk and killing two people on I-485, tells FOX Charlotte that, "Based on our experience with her, we feel the firing is appropriate."
"There are a lot of people sitting in prison who she put there, she worked very hard to put there,” says Powers. Tongues are wagging about what's next for Goodenow, who was less than a year from retirement.
We contacted Gilchrist and Goodenow for comment, but did not immediately hear back from either of them.