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State v. Goodie

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Third Circuit

August 23, 2017



          Keith Stutes District Attorney Fifteenth Judicial District Emilia Salas Pardo Assistant District Attorney COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/RESPONDENT: State of Louisiana

          Amanda Koons Fifteenth Judicial District Defender COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/APPLICANT: Travis R. Goodie

          Court composed of John D. Saunders, Shannon J. Gremillion, and John E. Conery, Judges.


         The defense alleges that, on July 14, 2017, the State charged Defendant, Travis Goodie, with one count of violating a protective order in violation of La.R.S. 14:79(B)(1).

         Prior to Defendant being charged, the trial court, on June 15, 2017, held a "Gwen's Law" hearing pursuant to La.Code Crim.P. art. 313. Following presentation of the evidence and argument by counsel, the district court denied bail based upon a finding that there was clear and convincing evidence that Defendant posed a present danger to others.

         On June 23, 2017, the defense filed a notice of its intent to seek supervisory review of the denial of bail in the instant case. As a result, on June 28, 2017, the trial court set July 28, 2017, as the return date.

         On July 31, 2017 (postmarked July 28, 2017), Defendant filed a writ application with this court seeking supervisory review of the trial court's June 15, 2017, ruling denying Defendant bond. On August 1, 2017, the State filed an opposition brief with this court restating the facts and arguments made at the hearing.

         At the June 15, 2017, hearing, the State introduced the protective order into evidence. The protective order, which is acknowledged by Defendant's signature, applies from April 27, 2017, through October 27, 2018. It protects the Petitioner, Cami R. Chaddick, from Defendant under the provisions regarding domestic abuse, La.R.S. 14:2131 et seq. (The order stated the trial court found Defendant to be a credible threat to the physical safety of Ms. Chaddick and, therefore, prohibited Defendant from possessing a firearm for the duration of the order.)

         The following prohibitions were marked as not expiring following the October 27, 2018, expiration date of the order. Defendant was ordered to not abuse, harass, assault, stalk, follow, track, monitor, threaten, contact (even through a third party or social media) Ms. Chaddick unless it related to their two children, go within 100 yards of Ms. Chaddick unless it related to their two children, go within 100 yards of Ms. Chaddick's residence (there was no exception to this prohibition), damage the belongings, damage the property, shut off utilities, stop mail service, or otherwise interfere with the living conditions of the protected person. Defendant was further ordered to stay away from Ms. Chaddick's workplace.

         Though the order granted temporary custody of the children to Ms. Chaddick, Defendant was allowed unsupervised visitation as reasonably permitted by Defendant's offshore work schedule. The protective order also awarded child support.

         The prosecution then stated the basis for Defendant's arrest in the instant case. On June 10, 2017 Ms. Chaddick reported seeing Defendant in the area of her house. The person matching Defendant's description was seen walking away from Ms. Chaddick's home. The police responded, and when they subsequently stopped Defendant in a traffic stop, they Mirandized Defendant.

         Thereafter, Defendant admitted to being at the home. Defendant explained he had gone there to check on his children. Defendant denied knocking on the door. Defendant said he had walked through the area to reach his cousin's house. Defendant's car alarm had activated, and he took a box cutter from his cousin's house to cut the wires to the alarm. Defendant did not identify his cousin or say he actually spoke with the cousin.

         Defendant admitted that he stopped to look inside Ms. Chaddick's home during this time. Defendant was within 100 yards of the residence. Though Defendant said he had gotten a box cutter from his cousin's house, a pat-down of Defendant's person yielded no box cutter.

         The State continued that, two days prior, Defendant was issued a misdemeanor summons for admitting to hacking Ms. Chaddick's email account, retrieving nude photographs of her, and posting them on a social media website without her consent. The misdemeanor case report number was 174647; the State introduced the report as its second exhibit.

         The police report for the June 8, 2017, offense shows the reported violation to be listed as a violation of a protective order, in violation of La.R.S. 14:79. The evidence collected consisted of audio visual recordings and screen shots of text messages. The report showed Defendant was issued a misdemeanor summons as a result of the complaint.

         The narrative portion of the police report explained the basis of the complaint. When Ms. Chaddick and Defendant interacted with each other in reference to their children, they had a heated argument. After they parted ways, Defendant began texting Ms. Chaddick with threats that he would go to her residence. Additionally, Defendant had accessed Ms. Chaddick's email and had copied a series of private photographs of Ms. Chaddick with her new lover. Both Ms. Chaddick and her partner were nude and clearly identifiable. These photographs were posted in a social media collage. Not only did the attached information identify Ms. Chaddick and her lover but it also included the following caption:

This is the slut of a baby momma I have this is the second dude I found out she's f#$&%*! and he's married . . . the one she didn't even know his name . . . I have proof of the other one to[o] . . . just sad I had kid's [sic] with someone like this.

         Additional text messages and photos revealed Defendant had threatened suicide. Though Ms. Chaddick provided a written statement, she declined to file charges for nonconsensual disclosure of a private image under La.R.S. 14:283.2.

         The narrative portion of the police report also contained a description of the officers' interaction with Defendant following Ms. Chaddick's June 8, 2017, complaint. After being Mirandized, Defendant "admitted contacting the victim outside of the protective order parameters. Additionally[, ] the suspect admitted going into the victim's email without permission and taking the photographs for the collage." As a result, the deputies ...

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