Marsha Goodenow hired by Union County as prosecutor

By Sharon Smith - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Seven business days after lead homicide prosecutor Marsha Goodenow was fired from her job in Mecklenburg County, she was picked up by Union County to prosecute homicide cases there.

Union County District Attorney John Snyder says he made the offer to Goodenow Tuesday. She will start Monday, December 6th.

"Mecklenburg's loss is our gain," says Snyder, who has known Goodenow for twenty years.

Snyder says Goodenow will be put on a murder trial coming up on the docket in January. She will also help train other prosecutors in his office. He says she met with his whole team during the interview process.

Goodenow gained fame in Mecklenburg as a tough prosecutor who logged a lot of wins. She convicted serial killer Henry Louis Wallace in the 90's, and most recently, Demeatrius Montgomery who killed two CMPD officers.

Goodenow had worked for District Attorney Peter Gilchrist almost 20 years. There's been much speculation in the local legal community about her firing.

Gilchrist has only said Goodenow is an "excellent and ethical" attorney. He will not explain his decision to let her go.

Other sources have said Goodenow was known to keep cases close to the vest and there had been communication problems within the DA's Office. Several attorneys also say she is a great prosecutor, always fair, and is powerful in the courtroom.

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