Gallipolis meth case expected to be continued

Amber Gillenwater

January 8, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — A trial in the case against a man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine at his Gallipolis residence last year is expected to be continued in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.

Willis Matthew Goody, 41, Gallipolis, is charged with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count of possessing the chemicals used to manufacture the drug and is scheduled to appear in the common pleas court on January 15 for a jury trial in this matter. However, according to documents filed on Tuesday with the clerk of courts office, a hearing has instead been scheduled on the date of trial in regard to the defendant’s recent motion to modify the case schedule.

Goody was charged in relation to this case following a search of his residence located at 115 Fourth Avenue in Gallipolis.

According to the police report filed with the Gallipolis Police Department, the methamphetamine technician with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office had reported information to the police department in regard to a possible meth lab in the lower end of Fourth Avenue.

After speaking with the suspect’s probation officer, police officers, working with deputies, searched the trash located at Goody’s residence discovering several one-pot methamphetamine labs inside the trash.

After discovering the lab, officers entered the front of the residence and found the suspect located in a bathroom. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Gallia County Jail while the Gallipolis Fire Department and Gallia County EMS arrived to standby while the methamphetamine lab was neutralized.

While searching the residence, officers also located drug paraphernalia as well as ingredients that are commonly utilized to manufacture the illegal drug, including a container of sodium hydroxide drain cleaner, three quart containers of sodium chloride, blister packs of Sudafed cold medication containing pseudoephedrine and scored, open lithium batteries.

A indictment in this case was filed on May 16 and during his subsequent arraignment hearing, Goody pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He was later released on his own recognizance in early June.

A jury trial in this case was later continued to January 15, and, following a status conference held on December 20, the court was advised by the defendant’s counsel, W. Graham Woodyard and Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford, that the matter will proceed to trial.

A motion filed on January 3 by Woodyard requests that court modify the case schedule in this case.

In a entry filed on Tuesday, the court schedules a hearing in this case for the previously set date of trial on January 15 when it is expected that the trial will be continued to a later date.