Goodman will appear next week

Published 10:09 pm Thursday, December 1, 2011

Just more than a year after a Nov. 8, 2010 incident, the second suspect in a case that saw Dallas County resident Wallace Daniels kidnapped, stabbed and left for dead will finally have his day in court when trials begin next week.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said William James Goodman will appear in Circuit Court on charges of attempted murder, robbery first degree, kidnapping first degree and theft of property first degree.

“That is probably going to be the first trial up,” he said. “When we get going, that one is going to be one of the first one. That was a really bad situation.”

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Goodman, along with Jonathan Samuel Wayne Pitts, 24, knocked on the door of the Daniels, and asked the him to take them to get some gasoline.

When Daniels refused, the suspects kicked open the door and hit the victim with something, forcing the elderly man to his knees.

The attackers ripped apart some extension cords, tied up the victim and put him in his truck, the blue 1992 Chevrolet.

Once they arrived at a large lake on Arrowhead Road, Goodman and Pitts attempted to cut Daniels’ throat, stabbed him in the neck and back, and held him under water until they believed he was dead.

Daniels pretended to be unconscious and when Goodman and Pitts left, he was able to crawl to safety.

On July 29, Pitts pleaded guilty Friday before Circuit Judge Jack Meigs to his role in the kidnapping and attempted murder.

Pitts received 35 years for attempted murder, 35 years for kidnapping first degree and 10 years for the theft charges.

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