A Lebanon County woman sentenced to death for a killing 17 years ago will get a new penalty hearing, but Carolyn King will not get a new trial.
In October 1994, King and Bradley Martin were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.
They are accused of killing Guy Goodman, 74, of Palmyra, by placing a bag over his head, tying him up and leaving him in the basement of his home on East Maple Street. http://www.wgal.com/r/24508545/detail.html
Carolyn King, convicted along with Bradley Martin in the 1993 murder of Palmyra florist Guy Goodman, should get a new penalty hearing, a Pike County judge appointed to hear the case ruled recently.
Judge Harold A. Thomson Jr. said a new penalty hearing should be held to consider mitigating evidence regarding past abuse and mental disorders that was not presented at King's sentencing hearing in 1994. He said her attorney, M. Jannifer Weiss, testified she didnít have time to investigate the issues because the penalty phase began immediately after the verdict and that she didnít feel testimony on the matters would have helped her defense.
Thomson rejected Kingís claims that she should get a new trial because Weiss didnít have sufficient criminal trial experience, among a dozen other reasons.
In 1994 King and Martin were convicted of the murder of Goodman, whom they bound and left to suffocate with a bag taped over his head in the basement of his home. Both appealed their death sentences, and Martinís was overturned in 2004. They also received life sentences in the shooting death of a North Dakota woman they abducted after Goodmanís murder. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/08/new_penalty_hearing_ordered_fo.html