Grand jury indicts pair

Published 11:23 pm Monday, January 31, 2011

William Goodman and Johnathan Pitts were indicted Monday by a Dallas County grand jury for attempted murder, first degree robbery, first degree kidnapping and first degree theft of property.


Bond is set for $5 million each. The pair will be arraigned in Circuit Court in a couple of months, District Attorney Michael Jackson said, and they remain in Dallas County Jail.

The charges stem from a November incident where Wallace Daniels was kidnapped from his Plantersville home. He was later beaten, stabbed and dumped at a local lake.

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Since the incident, Daniels has continued to make strides toward a full recovery. Support from his neighbors and other Dallas County friends have helped him to push forward, he said.

“There were so many people that came to see me in the hospital and when I got home,” he said. “I know it helped me a lot.”


Daniels reported two white males came to his residence asking for gas because they ran out. The two males them forced their way inside the residence, assaulted him, tied him up and forced him into the vehicle.

Daniels was carried to the Burnsville community where Goodman and Pitts attempted to cut his throat and tossed him into the lake left for dead.

Goodman and Pitts then left the scene in Daniels’ truck.

The road to recovery has been long, but Daniels praised the medical staff and well-wishers for keeping him positive.

“I appreciate everybody that came by to check on me,” he said. “It’s hard to put it into words how much it meant. It gave the encouragement and helped me get well quicker.”

Aside from soreness in his back, Daniels said he is getting better every day.

“The soreness is about gone,” he said. “I know it will take a while for me to get back the way I was, but I’m able to get some stuff done.”

Now that he is home again, Daniels said he is more cautious when he answers the door. But, he added, he still loves his community and feels it is a great place to live.

“I tell my neighbors this isn’t the kind of thing that happens every day,” he said. “It happened and it’s over and hopefully nothing like that will ever happen again out here.”