Woman found guilty in love triangle murder

March 27, 2008 4:42:37 PM PDT
A Raleigh woman charged with murdering her ex-girlfriend's new lover has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Victoria Goode says she went into a rage and ran over Veronica Malone with her car iin July 2007. Goode took the stand admitting to second degree murder, but on Thursday a Wake County jury found her guilty of second degree murder.

Goode told the judge and jury that her actions were not premeditated, but when Malone's nephew took the stand he shed new light on the case.

"I saw the Camry coming down the road and then I heard, boom, boom," Malone's nephew, Darrian Malone said.

He was helping Malone move her new girlfriend's things from Goode's Raleigh house.

He says that is when Goode slammed into the door of his aunt's car, pinning her, breaking both her legs and leaving her lying helpless in the street.

"She had her hands held up like this and they were shaking," Darrian said.

He says he held her outstretched hands and told his aunt that everything would be okay, that he had called for help.

"She started running up the street, Victoria, with a hammer or a wrench, something shiny. She was screaming, 'I'm gonna kill that b----,'" Darrian said.

He says Goode's ex-girlfriend stopped her from attacking Malone.

But he says Goode got back in her car and came roaring at Malone again. This time Darrian was also hit and both his legs were broken.

Malone was dragged down the street after the impact.

Goode testified that after a life of prostitution, alcohol and drug addiction and prison, Goode met Tanya Mattison and settled into a loving relationship.

He says when she saw Malone helping Mattison move out of Goode's house, Goode snapped. He says that is second, not first degree murder.

The Wake County jury found Goode guilty of first degree murder. She has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The jury also found Goode guilty of attempted first degree murder for hitting Darrian Malone.


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