Man accused of killing 17-year-old girl fires lawyer, withdraws guilty plea

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A man who is accused of killing a 17-year-old girl in 2018 fired his lawyer and withdrew his guilty plea that had been entered on Monday just before his sentencing.

Trendell Goodwin had pleaded guilty on Monday to murder, felonious assault, and firing over a roadway in the 2018 shooting death of LaShonda Childs. Childs was shot and killed on Shoop Avenue in Dayton on Oct. 2, 2018.

Police said that Goodwin got into an argument with Childs and another man. When the man and Childs tried to get away, police say Goodwin shot through the vehicle, killing Childs.

Before she was shot, Childs had obtained a restraining order and referenced a series of abusive encounters involving Goodwin on her Facebook page.

Goodwin wrote a letter to Judge Dennis Adkins asking to withdraw his plea saying he didn’t understand what he was agreeing to.

“It all happened so fast. I felt like I got railroaded. It didn’t feel right pleading guilty,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin had made a deal with the prosecutors office for a sentence of 18 years to life. He could now face 40 years to life if he makes an official motion to change his plea and is convicted in a trial.

Judge Adkins agreed to allow Goodwin to let go of his current lawyer. A new lawyer will have to come consult with Goodwin and then make an official motion to the court. A hearing would then have to be held.

Goodwin is due back in court September 25 at 2 p.m.

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