Guilty Plea Expected for Man Accused of Killing Cop Wife


LONGVIEW — A former 911 administrator for Longview police is scheduled to plead guilty next year in the murder of his wife, county records show. According to the Longview News-Journal and KETK, Harry Goodan still could opt for a full trial before his plea date of Jan. 10. Goodan, 41, is accused in the December 2010 shooting death of his wife, Longview Police Officer Jamie “Ellyn” Goodan. An autopsy found Ellyn Goodan died of a gunshot wound to the head.

According to police reports from that time, Goodan summoned police to the Towne Oaks North apartment he and his wife shared. Reports said Goodan met officers at the door at about 8:30 a.m. that Saturday and said he killed his wife. Goodan faces from five to 99 years or life in prison on the murder charge. A sentence at the low end of that scale would make him eligible for probation.

Goodan has been freed on $75,000 bond since January 2011. Bond initially was set at $500,000, but reduced by 188th District Judge David Brabham after a hearing at which Ellyn Goodan’s father testified in favor of his son-in-law’s bond reduction.

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