First off, forgive the pause in postings. It wasn’t an oversight. We’ve been asked to keep a low profile while people are working behind the scenes. But we’re now officially back!
The other day I witnessed someone bust their lip open. The amount of blood was unbelievable and it trailed him as he ran.
It brought this case to mind, and for obvious reasons… How does one bludgeon a person to death and not get a drop of blood on themselves or the floor? Why, a magic T-shirt of course!
But don’t take my word for it. See for it for yourself. In closing arguments, the prosecutor (Kenny Elser) throws in a bit of new evidence that wasn’t discussed at all during the trial. He reasons to the jury that because there was no blood found on ANY of her clothing she wore a t-shirt while committing the crime. But this was no ordinary shirt. This magic shirt was capable of absorbing all of the blood as to not get it on her person or leave a single drop as Belynda scurried about to supposedly clean up a crime scene.
If that’s not magic I don’t know what is.
Yes… How easy would it be to absorb an astronomical amount of blood with a t-shirt and tear it into tiny pieces with your fingers (of course no scissors or any other cutting/shredding device was found) and not get any blood on anything including yourself? Hmm… My guess is not easy at all. In fact, I’d say impossible but just to be sure, did they test the plunger to see if it had blood on it? NO…
But let us talk about the bathmat for a minute that the prosecutor mentions. It was there in the courtroom as an exhibit. Wow… How is it possible that after she cleaned up she placed the bathmat outside when they are so certain that Stephen Goff’s body was blocking the door?
Are you starting to see the red flags yet?
This is the time of year when many of us see our loved ones graduate from high school or college – a time when years of hard work can be celebrated with loved ones. Like far too many precious moments, Belynda was robbed of the chance to see her three children graduate from high school, her daughter graduate college, and her son graduate Marine boot camp.
Recently, Belynda was asked what she would want to say to those who are graduating who plan to pursue a career in criminal justice. Here are her words:
Being forced to wear a prison uniform does not make me a criminal. Nor does wearing a badge, suits and ties, or the robes of the court make anyone above reproach. It is the character within. You can make all the difference in someone’s life and you will one way or another. Simply put, please make sure that you can look yourself in the eye and know in your heart of hearts that your actions and motivations are upright, honorable, pure, and that you gave all that you had to give. One person can change the world. The mantle is heavy but if you wear it with truth, integrity, and honor then justice will be served.
Mike Masterson, a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has written a powerful piece urging Governor Hutchinson to grant Belynda’s clemency petition. He writes:
Goff’s appeal contained 44 supporting letters, including from her two children with Stephen Goff, four trial jurors and the bailiff on duty during the sentencing portion of Goff’s trial.
It’s been my hope since learning of the Goff case that Hutchinson would take an interest in learning the facts of what happened to Belynda. I’ve hoped he would visit with her family, attorneys and others with firsthand knowledge of her highly questionable conviction and extreme sentence.
If Hutchinson would understand what occurred the night Belynda’s husband died, I have to believe he’d follow his conscience and heart in choosing to overlook his board’s flawed review and grant this woman the executive clemency she’s earned after 20 years as a model prisoner helping other females behind bars.
Read it here. And if you’re an Arkansas resident, send a letter to the editor about the case. Thank you, Mike, for bringing attention to Belynda’s wrongful conviction!