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Husband charged in murder try

Court orders mental evaluation for Caroline County man accused of trying to kill wife

Date published: 2/24/2011


A 54-year-old Ruther Glen man charged with trying to kill his wife will undergo a mental evaluation.

William “Bill” Good appeared in Caroline County Circuit Court yesterday for an arraignment on charges of attempted murder and aggravated malicious wounding.

Good said he will plead not guilty to both charges, although his attorney, John Rockecharlie, said in court that the defendant “has confessed that he has caused the injuries.”

Judge Joseph Ellis ruled in favor of three motions:

  • To have a mental evaluation performed to try to determine Good’s sanity level at the time of the Dec. 28 attack.
  • To see if he is competent to stand trial.
  • To have a mental health expert assist in the defense’s preparation.Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer argued against the expert, saying that the 10-hour, $3,500 evaluation would be too costly for taxpayers.

    “The commonwealth doesn’t need to spend $3,500 to reach a conclusion that the court can make on its own,” he said.

    Ellis said he wanted to err on the side of caution because an expert may be able to help the court understand Good’s motivation.

    According to Rockecharlie, Good and his wife of 27 years, Margaret, were having financial problems. The couple had their dream home in Hanover County foreclosed on years ago and were living in a mobile home on Ruther Glen Road in Caroline.

    Rockecharlie said Good was laid off from his construction job last fall and had to decide whether to pay his mortgage or their health insurance.

    Good chose the insurance since he and his wife both suffer from substantial health problems, Rockecharlie said.

    After receiving an eviction warning from a bill collector on Christmas Eve, Good needed to come up with a way to get out of the situation, Rockecharlie said.

    “He’d been thinking about it for three days,” he said. “And he thought of what to do: a murder-suicide.”

    Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at the home at 5 a.m. on Dec. 28.

    The attack on the 61-year-old woman wasn’t described in court yesterday, but photographs taken by police show pools of blood in the Goods’ snowy backyard.

    Margaret Good survived the attack, but had significant injuries to her head and arms.

    Ellis denied bond because of “the seriousness of the charges and a possible mental defect.”

    Good, who has no prior criminal history, is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail. A trial is set for June 29.

    Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419


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