Juror removed, found in contempt in capital murder trial

BEAUFORT, NC (WITN) - A juror in a capital murder trial has been found in contempt of court and removed from the panel.

David Godwin could receive the death penalty if convicted for the July 4, 2016 murder of Wendy Tamagne.

This morning, juror #1 was dismissed after admitting he had contact with a defense witness after court adjourned yesterday.

Jurors are constantly reminded never to have any contact with anyone involved in the case.

The juror says he saw an elderly man that appeared to be in distress and went to make sure he was okay. He explained he worked as a paramedic for many years, and it was his natural reaction. The juror said he didn't recognize the witness until he had already approached him to make sure he was okay.

The juror told the judge that the he said "thank you for coming" to the witness and that was the extent of their interaction.

The judge fined the juror $100, but he will not serve any jail time. The juror was replaced with an alternate.


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The one time doctor who treated a man standing trial for the murder of a Morehead City woman in 2016 is testifying today as his lawyers try to keep David Godwin off death row.

Dr. Michael Reed treated Godwin from July 2005 to February 2006 and also from September 2008 to March 2009.

Reed says he diagnosed the man who's on trial for the murder of Wendy Tamagne with Aspergers Syndrome. He says that Godwin had difficulty developing relationships, and monopolized conversations saying he didn't understand give or take.

The doctor testified Godwin also didn't understand jokes, kidding or sarcasm.

Godwin's adoptive mother, Linda Godwin, finished testifying this morning before Reed took the stand.

That testimony focused on Godwin's talk of suicide.

The state also revealed that in a formal police document Godwin requested the death penalty, while Godwin was quoted in that document as saying he'd tried to commit suicide several times and needed help.


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The woman who adopted a man accused murderer took the stand this afternoon after state prosecutors put on a week of testimony.

David Godwin is on trial for the murder of 37-year-old Wendy Tamagne on July 4, 2016.

Witnesses told jurors last week that the Newport man cut her body up into pieces in her Morehead City apartment.

On Thursday, jurors heard from a state medical examiner who said the woman was strangled and then stabbed multiple times.

On the stand this afternoon, Linda Godwin told jurors her adopted son showed defiant and argumentative behavior at an early age.

The woman said Godwin tried to kill himself three times, the first at the age of ten. She said her adopted son has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Asperger's Syndrome.

During opening statements last week, Godwin's attorneys told jurors this was not a case of who killed Tamagne, but why it happened.

If found guilty of first degree murder, prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Godwin.


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The final state witness took the stand this morning in the trial of an Eastern Carolina man accused of gruesomely murdering a woman nearly three years ago.

David Godwin is on trial for the murder of 37-year-old Wendy Tamagne on July 4, 2016.

Witnesses told jurors last week that the Newport man cut her body up into pieces in her Morehead City apartment.

On Thursday, jurors heard from a state medical examiner who said the woman was strangled and then stabbed multiple times.

The state wrapped up their case this morning, with one more witness on the stand.

SBI Agent Ransom Jones was back on the stand as prosecutors showed jurors video from a bar the two visited earlier that night, as well as videos from Lowes and CVS showing Godwin hours after the woman was killed.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if Godwin is found guilty of first degree murder.

After the state finished, Godwin's attorney asked the judge to dismiss the charges, a motion the judge denied.

Defense attorneys have already said their first witness will be Godwin's adopted mother.



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The state failed to wrap up its case against accused murderer David Godwin on Thursday, with one more witness still to testify.

The Newport man is accused of killing 37-year-old Wendy Tamagne back on July 4, 2016, and cutting up her body in pieces in her Morehead City apartment.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if Godwin is found guilty of first degree murder.

On Thursday, jurors heard from a state medical examiner who said the woman was strangled and then stabbed multiple times.

During opening statements Monday morning, a lawyer for Godwin told jurors the defendant has been diagnosed with several disorders, including bipolar and Aspergers, while there is a family history of psychosis and mental health.

The judge is giving jurors a break on Friday, so they'll return Monday to hear the final state witness before the defense begins its case.


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Testimony continues today in Carteret County for the man accused of killing and then cutting up a woman nearly three years ago.

David Godwin could get the death penalty if convicted for the July 4, 2016 murder of Wendy Tamagne.

The body of the 37-year-old woman was found in her Morehead City apartment on July 5th in three different trash bags.

The only testimony on the third morning of the trial was from an SBI agent.

Agent Dean Saunders said they found a bloody knife on the living room coffee table, while in the woman's bedroom they discovered a hacksaw in a trash bag. They also found the woman's dead cat, and two guinea pigs in a kitchen trash can. One of the guinea pigs was still alive, according to Saunders.

The SBI agent, who went through 55 photos taken inside the crime scene, testified that everything was neatly organized in the apartment, and that there was no sign of a struggle.

During opening statements Monday morning, a lawyer for Godwin told jurors the defendant has been diagnosed with several disorders, including bipolar and Aspergers, while there is a family history of psychosis and mental health.


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Tuesday marked day two of the trial for David Godwin who is charged the murder of 37-year-old Wendy Tamagne who was brutally killed in her apartment in Morehead City in July of 2016.

The state continued building its case against Godwin as they continued to bring witnesses to the stand.

Among those called was Morehead City Police Detective Nat Festerman who helped lay out a timeline of events in the case.

During cross examination it was brought to light that the victim was cut up into 11 parts.

The SBI also provided testimony on how they zeroed in on Godwin.

During questioning of agent Ransom Jones, he talked about efforts to find Godwin before he turned himself in to police in Oregon.

Jones said the SBI reached out to agencies across the country and placed a travel ban for flying for Godwin.

Jones says they were able to determine Godwin hitchhiked and walked along train tracks before taking a bus from Raleigh to Oregon.

SBI agents also revealed that a search of Godwin's phone showed he had previously searched on the internet—the sentencing for murder, lists of possible punishments for murder and he looked up the death penalty in North Carolina.

The trial is scheduled to continue Wednesday morning.

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Jurors heard gruesome details this morning in the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing and then cutting up a Morehead City woman nearly two years ago.

David Godwin could get the death if convicted for the 2016 murder of Wendy Tamagne.

The 37-year-old woman's body was found in her apartment by police after a welfare check on July 5, 2016. Police said she was beaten, strangled, and stabbed.

In opening statements this morning, Assistant District Attorney David Spence says Godwin and the victim went out to celebrate the Fourth of July the night before the holiday. Arriving back at her apartment, Tamagne went upstairs and fell asleep, according to Spence, who said Godwin then went upstairs and killed her.

After being notified by the victim's mother on July 5th that she was concerned about her, police went to her apartment and first found a bloody knife, and a blood-soaked bed upstairs, according to the assistant D.A. They also discovered the woman's cat and two guinea pigs dead in a trash can.

Spence told jurors that a police detective cut open one of several trash bags found in another bedroom and inside was the woman's right arm and wrist.

The state says video from Lowe's showed him purchasing a hacksaw on the morning of the 4th, as well as trash bags from the CVS. They say the hacksaw was found in the victim's apartment.

Spence claims Godwin was wearing clothes that belonged to the woman's son in the videos, clothes that were later discovered in the apartment with the defendant's DNA.

Godwin took a bus to Warrenton, Oregon, where prosecutors say he turned himself in after learning he was wanted for Tamagne's murder.

The state gave no motive for the murder in their opening statement.

Godwin's attorney, Buddy Connor, told jurors that this was not a case of who killed Wendy Tamagne, but why. His attorney says Godwin has been diagnosed with several disorders, including bipolar and Aspergers, while there is a family history of psychosis and mental health.

Connor added that his client first tried to kill himself in 2006 and has been involuntarily committed three times to mental facilities.

The attorney claims Godwin has no recollection of the murder, waking up on the couch the next morning, went upstairs and saw her dead in the bedroom with a knife in her side.

In a panic, Connor said Godwin left in the woman's pickup truck, and later decided he needed to "clean up" the murder scene.

The victim's mother is expected to be one of the first witnesses the state calls after lunch.


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The capital murder trial of a Newport man accused of killing and then cutting up the body of a Morehead City woman began this morning.

David Godwin could get the death if convicted for the 2016 murder of Wendy Tamagne.

The 37-year-old woman's body was found in her apartment by police after a welfare check on July 5, 2016. Police said she was beaten, strangled, and stabbed.

Godwin was captured in Oregon.

Jury selection for a capital murder trial at the Carteret County Courthouse took all of last week. Lawyers began with opening statements at 10:00 a.m.