published Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Vehicular homicide defendant arrested again

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


* July 28, 2011

* Nov. 2, 2010

* 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.”

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bigbearzzz said...

Hey here's a grand thought....DONT LET THE CRIMINAL BACK OUT....EVER!!!! Another example of our fine justice system working so well to protect the innocent victims. And yet another reason why I'll continue to carry my gun. No need for a stupid trial and some moron of a judge to let them back on the streeet that way. One and done.

August 11, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
Skeptic101 said...

Here's another idea: Vote for legislators and governors who will pass and sign laws that sends DUI offenders to jail for a minimum of three months, even on the 1st offense. We need a war on DUIs.

August 11, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
topher said...

The assault charge from 2008 was against my brother. He assaulted him outside of my brothers place of employment over $20. He nearly killed my brother as he stood on his neck with his foot until my brother stopped breathing. He had to be transported to the hospital. This guy is a MENACE TO SOCIETY and the judges need to step up and be accountable for letting this troubled person out of jail the first time. I don't see why people that commit lesser crimes stay in jail for months or years, and someone who has had attempted 1st degree murder, 4 dui's, aggravated assault, and vehicular homicide free to get drunk and party again. Do the Maddux family and my family justice, and PUT THIS FOOL AWAY FOR A LONG TIME ! WHAT IS MY TAX MONEY PAYING YOU TO DO, PLAY GOLF?

August 11, 2011 at 9:18 a.m.
dao1980 said...

Don't be a menace to society while drinking your juice in the hood.... Yo.

August 11, 2011 at 11:54 a.m.
demure said...

north alaskan workcamp. permanently.

August 11, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
Spaghetti said...

Well, I have to say, our family was well on the way to forgiveness...(This is Perry Maddux's eldest daughter,) My sisters had spoken to him on the phone, even had dinner with the guy. He professed remorse, cried, apologized, and even said he was ready to serve his time, and accept the consequences of his actions. He admitted his guilt, and held himself accountable, and then HE GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL DRUNK AGAIN. Can someone please explain to me how this happens? I don't get it. Our justice system is a mess, and the judge that is sitting on the bench should be removed. Sometimes a pattern of behaviour proves that "rehabilitation" isn't a viable option. How many people does this guy have to kill before they put him behind bars for good. I like the idea of Alaskan work about the Gulag? That's good too. I almost called this guy, almost believed that he might change after my sisters met with him, wanted to give him the chance he wanted to apologize...glad I didn't. It's really unfortunate, but this guy serves no purpose in society...he needs to go away. He can rehabilitate behind bars till he's 50. That's what he deserves.

Legalize pot...legalize the hell out of them, empty our prisons, and throw guys like this away and lose the key.

These are the type of people who are too damaged to be allowed back on the street, to work through their "issues," while putting the public at risk. I am sorry, I don't want to be subjected to this guy while he gets "help," for his substance abuse and rage issues.

My dad paid a steep price for the lack of justice in our "justice" system...if you can even call it that. How many more fathers, mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmothers have to die before their time before we wake up????!!!

August 11, 2011 at 1:43 p.m.
generic11 said...

I'd like to know why this extremely unnecessary, useless, worthless, heartless human keeps getting on the wrong side of the bars.

To my dear cousin Spaghetti: Thank you for saying what needed to be said. I'd sooner end this guy's life and pay the price than forgive him for what he's done to us. Forgiveness is impossible, I'm sorry.

To Indian: Whether he was black, white, Asian, redneck, or a hot, sexy Italian, I would still hate the guy who killed my uncle. Race has nothing to do with it. But I do agree with having a brother around in this city. Mine's name is Walther.

August 11, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.

My jigger be (allegedly) gettin' his swerve on proper...

August 11, 2011 at 3:21 p.m.
01centare said...

The judges in Chattanooga are "scared" of blacks and gang members.They all get parole

indian, if the judges are *scared" of the blacks and gang members, they must be terrified out of their minds of the local law enforcement. We've lost count of how many times local police have been charged with domestic violence, DUI, DWI, substance abuse, statuatory rape etc. only to have their cases dismissed, records expunged and kept their jobs?

August 11, 2011 at 3:24 p.m.
brewer said...

Jack, you read my mind. Anyone else notice that when the worst of the worst in this town get off with a slap on the wrist, the judge is Rebecca Stern. Every. Time.

August 11, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Maybe Judge Rebecca gives the homeys a Stern lecture before cutting them loose. I used to think Tennessee was tough on DUI offenders, sad to say I've been wrong all along.

August 11, 2011 at 6:47 p.m.
Pugglemom said...

My sister Judy is Perry Maddux's widow. It saddens me deeply to see the grief and struggles that my sister and her girls (and the rest of the family) have had to go through due to Demario Goodwin's actions. Why is the judicial system in TN so skewed?! Demario Goodwin has shown repeatedly that he has no respect for the law...3 DUI's, repeatedly driving on a revoked/suspended/cancelled driver's license...all of this in less than 18 months, yet he was consistenly allowed to post bond and thus able to do it all again! Put Goodwin in jail and throw away the key! Maybe the time in jail will force Goodwin to put his big boy pants on and actually become a functioning, albeit tarnished, member of society!

August 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
hambone said...

If a victim's family can sue a bartender then the families should also be able to sue a judge and a bailbondsman!

August 11, 2011 at 9:04 p.m.
TNVols76 said...

This case is representative of a faulty justice system and was an injustice to the victim's family regardless of the perpetrators race. It is beyond comprehension why this man was allowed to avoid accountability so many times even with the loss of a man's life, and repeated episodes of disregaridng the law. Indian seems to be unaware of, or chooses to disregard, the disporportionate number of African-American and minority men in jails, prison, etc., and not because they are more predisposed to criminal behavior. He also is a bit naive if he thinks there are no white gang members in Chattanooga. It has not been that long ago when the young Black man who shot a man at a local service station received a much stiffer penalty than the white man who killed a woman in the UNUM parking lot, then lied and said his car was stolen. Both resulted in the loss of an innocent life. The guilty should be punished regardless of race or socio-economic status.

August 12, 2011 at 12:30 a.m.
safeguard0720 said...

TNVOLS76, with the Black man who shot the guy at the local service station, he had a prior violent criminal history and in a gang. the white male that hit the Unum Employee had a traffic violation record and they put him on a longer prohibation period. It could be because he actually works and is able to pay the court costs, where as the thugs in gangs only take money from society whether it be the free healthcare, foodstamps or our tax dollars paying for their habitual court hearings. So as much as I hate to say it's about race, they also see how much people contribute to society and how much they would cost being in prison.

August 12, 2011 at 1:14 a.m.
safeguard0720 said...

It irritates me when I get back from overseas, I have to get a part time job while I am home to survive. However, I drive through Wilcox and Citigo and see the section8 housing and the 'inner city taken care of citizens' driving Cadillacs, Chrysler 300s, and Yukons. And I have trouble filling up my 190K 1999 Ford F250.

August 12, 2011 at 1:20 a.m.
twharr said...

@ Indian, you're a twit. You made it into a racial issue when you capitalized "BLACK" in your post. This dude is a criminal whether black or white. I find it odd that people like you can squeeze racial juice out of something that affects all races...i.e. DUIs!!!!! Yeah, you're right in saying this country is messed up...the reason its messed up is due to stereotypes like yourself. I don't want you in my City because all you would do is spread your ignorance. People from Chattanooga, know this City and know how it functions. People like you, who probably reside in the undesirable outskirts of the City/County, should be more worried about meth labs and burglary.

August 12, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
fedup350 said...

This case has nothing to do with race. It is all abouta dysfunctional. Court system. . Tennessee laws are the weakest in the. South and top that off by having weak hamilton county district attorney.its time for a new district attorney. Cox needs to go and add to that a very liberal judge like Stern and you have our current mess

August 12, 2011 at 9:08 a.m.
macropetala8 said...

indian said... What is the name of the white gang and where is their hang out?

It was a gang of white boys who beat that white boy to death several years ago over in the East Lake community. I'm not talking about the E. Lake housing projects, but the actual community where people own their homes and boasted of having no gangs in their neighborhoods except for their housing project dwellers.

I agree with the others who contend this has nothing to do with the skin color of the accused. As there have been several whites in the news over the years who've been charge with several DUIs and DWIs. Many have been cops and professionals.

August 12, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
macropetala8 said...

fedup350, would you post some data to support your stance? An off duty cop was just cleared of all wrong doings when he shot a man in the jaw at an apartment complex in Atlanta. He wasn't in uniform and was working a second job. The man he shot thought he was being approached by a drug dealer. It was all about the victim having parked in the wrong spot.

Tennessee isn't the only state, and Chattanooga isn't the only city, soft on crime. In most cases the lighter sentencings have more to do with who you know and how much money you have. Although, as in this case, there are exceptions.

August 12, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
fedup350 said...

In 1989 TN rewrote the laws to relieve jail and prison overcrowding. Baically it watered down the laws. In Hamilton Couny 97 percent of the cases are true billed in the Grand jury but less than 5 percent go to trail. Thr D A wants to avoid trials no matter what to avoid the expense You are right tho if you know someone or can afford the besr lawyers you will avoid any justice.

August 12, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Big fingers on little keyboard. Lots of typo

August 12, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
safeguard0720 said...

I love how the 3 white guys that blew off roman candles in the East Lake Courts are looking at getting 'attempted first degree murder charges' and this guy has killed one man and nearly killed another and is still on the streets!

August 12, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.
chioK_V said...

safeguard0720 said... I love how the 3 white guys that blew off roman candles in the East Lake Courts are looking at getting 'attempted first degree murder charges' and this guy has killed one man and nearly killed another and is still on the streets!

I'd think it has more to do with the nature of the crime. Vehicular homicide is totally different a crime than someone who plots, plans then follows through with an attempt to terrorize or possibly purposely harm or kill someone. Remember too, there was a gun found in their truck. Who knows what else they would have done if that off duty police hadn't been on his way home from a second job and caught them? When you know the American history of such events; targeting people based on their ethnicity, race, religion and such, you'll understand why such criminal acts have a more serious nature to them.

August 12, 2011 at 7:20 p.m.
flutie said...

To Jack, Brewer and Hambone:

you really should educate yourselves about the criminal court systems in Hamilton County before you open your collective mouths and reveal your utter ignorance. The criminal Court judges generally do not set bonds. the bond was set by either a magistrate or a sessions judge, both of whom deal with these cases before they go to the grand jury. If the defendant is indicted, his case is assigned to criminal court. The defendant then appears for arraignment and he and his attorney are given a new court date. So, once the case reaches criminal court, the bond issue has long been settled, unless the state makes a motion to increase or revoke the bond. These issues must be made through motions of the parties actually involved in the litigation - it is not the judge's province to do this without a formal motion being made. So, your misguided anger at judge stern should be directed at the DA's office, as it appears they agreed to bonds in the preliminary courts and did not file motions to revoke bond until July. You might want to take a civics class sometime. As far as judge stern's perceived lenience 99% of the cases reported by the media have been plea agreements entered into between the defendant and the STATE. So, (and I'll spell this out in terms even you simpletons can understand), the DA made an offer to the defendant through his attorney to plea guilty to a certain charge in exchange for an agreed sentence. The defendant accepts the deal.The STATE then announces the deal in court. 99% of The time, judges accept plea deals negotiated between defense counsel and the STATE, because 99% of all judges assume the attorneys are more familiar with the facts in the case and are aware of the strengths and weaknesses on both sides - thus the plea. If you think sentences are too lenient, talk to THE DA. His office makes the offers. Judges don't negotiate pleas. Additionally, judges have sentencing guidelines prescribed in the Tennessee Code Annotated, which they are required to follow - or the case will be overturned on appeal. Judges just can't dole out sentences based on their emotion - that contravenEs the law. I know you guys probably base your knowledge of the law on the numerous reruns of NIGHT COURT you doubtlessly have spent several hours watching, but this is the system you are stuck with. your anger should be directed at the DA. He makes the offers. But, hey, don't let the facts get in the way of your monumental ignorance. (P.S., judge stern recently sentenced a defendant to 40 years in a drug case. you probably missed that because you were watching LA LAW IN YOUR BASEMENT.)

August 12, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.
rolando said...

Yeah, all that is or may be true, flutie, but it plays so much better the other way.

In any case and loosely commenting, it is becoming almost the norm that if you are a white guy and see a black or a mestizo or whatever coming your way, you'd best step into the gutter and wait for them to pass, avoiding eye-contact at all times. Because whatever happens, you will receive the harsher sentence...maybe because you are supposed to know better or something.

Or at least that's what it appears to be on this newspaper. Perhaps it is just the reporting of what people want to read.

Is the DA actually considering murder one for the firecracker guys? Really? Time for jury nullification on that one, if true.

August 12, 2011 at 9:59 p.m.
safeguard0720 said...

CHIOK_V, you need to remember this guy had an ATTEMPTED first degree murder charge (and an additional assault charge 5 months later) 2 years before this and was server 11/29 then probation for 5 years! He had a single DUI and 2 prior 'speeding/driving on revoked licenses' before he killed Maddux, between the time of his attempted murder. This is his 3rd DUI and driving on revoked license and resisted arrest!

August 13, 2011 at 1:45 a.m.
DMWTOL said...

I am personally involved in the Perry Maddux case and feel I need to reply to at least a couple of the comments. First, people seem to be condemning the DA's office. Our experience with them has been nothing but good. They have been supportive, always available to answer whatever questions we have, and have gone out of their way to help us understand the laws at play in this case. As far as I am concerned, law enforcement, the DA's office and the courts do what they can with what they have. By statute, there are many convictions that law-abiding citizens would expect to result in jail time that must be given a suspended sentence. Ask your lawmakers why. Safeguard0720, you sound as though you are minimizing Goodwin's record. I submit that your post on August 13th is short a few charges (and guilty pleas.) Even a first DUI with a BAC of .27 (May 2010) is not a minor infraction. It's a disaster waiting to happen; as evidenced by the DUI with Vehicular Homicide, BAC of .23, just 5 months later resulting in the death of Perry Maddux. Our DUI laws are not strict enough. They need to hurt if they are to make a difference.

Our laws regarding sentencing are complicated on many levels but they come down to (in my opinion) protecting the rights of criminals at the expense of the safety of citizens, political correctness run amok, and a lack of money to house prisoners. That last one is probably number one at this time in this state. In discussing the recent riots in London, a TV commentator made a statement that sums it up very well and certainly applies here: "We have become so politically correct that no one has the guts to stand up and say you did wrong and you are going to jail." When young people see others living well through illicit activities; when they see those people charged and convicted of multiple crimes, including felonies, who spend 2 weeks in jail and are back on the street like they came back from Club Med; what incentive do they have to stay on the right path, struggle, and work hard toward a future they cannot see? For many years I bought into the paradigm of spend money on schools now or jails later. Like the drug war, it's a failed concept. We need jails. We need consequences. We cannot control what children learn at home, but we can and must control what is acceptable behavior in schools and the public arena. Teach your children that there is a right and wrong. When they get in trouble, don't make excuses, let them take their lumps - it's simply part of growing up into a responsible human being. If the laws or where our tax money is spent, seem awry to you - contact your legislators. They make the laws, not law enforcement, not the DA's, not the judges. Speak up, get involved. And, please, please, do not drive in any impaired state!

August 14, 2011 at 3:58 a.m.
flutie said...

Wow Jack,

your last experience witht he courts was 4 decades ago? That explains a lot. You obviously aren't familiar with the 1989 sentencing reform act. you apparently never learned the limited role a judge actually plays inside the courtroom. You probabbly weren't trained on the finer intricacies between a plea agreemnent and sentencing after a trial. Again, please try to follow, a plea deal involves a pre-arranged sentence offered by the STATE, which the defendant has accepted. The judge has no role in negotiating those deals - it's kind of prohibited by law - you know, that thing you swore to uphold? - and merely accepts or declines the plea agreement recommended by the STATE. On the other hand, if a defendant is convicted after a trial, the judge then holds a sentencing hearing. Both sides get To put on evidence. the judge then must - again, unnder that pesky impediment to justice, the TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED - must (MUST) weigh any and all mitigating and aggravating factors addressed in the statute. Then the judge must look at the defendant's prior record and then the judge must hand down a sentence within a range of years determined for the offense that was the basis of the convtions - as prescribed under TITLE 40 of the TCA. A judge can only throw a book at the defendant within the framework of the sentencing guidelines as instituted by the Tennessee Genral Assembly - you know, jack, as our state is organized under a representative form of government. Jack, I know you think a judge is the law and we have a couple of judges in this county who think they are above the law, however, the judge actually has very limited power. We are lucky, in that we have 3 criminal court judges who actually take their jobs seriously and try to follow the law - you know, jack, upohold their oath to folloow the constitution. I'll bet judge Hinson would have explained to you the importance of following the law and meting out legal sentences under the guidelines that would be upheld on appeal. after 12 years on the force, it seems like you would have learned a little something about the courts. Your attacks on Jusdge Stern are unwarranted and I get the feeling are not based on any firsthand experience in her courtroom. I have sat in there many times and I assure you she will not hesistate in sending someone to the penitentiary. I've seen her do it - A LOT. You, apparently, are angry she deigns to follow the law. Which would make you an anarchist - or a vigilante thug. Which is it?

August 14, 2011 at 12:36 p.m.
jesse said...

hey flutie!! guess WHAT!!!

you are spineless!!!periot!

NOW i'm gonna get serious! first chance you get check out the the 1st. ammend.

i might even start monitoring judge sterns cases!!

August 15, 2011 at 6:20 p.m.
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