It took two years to finally get this case to trial and many Meadview residents are upset over the acquittal.
I read these four articles in the Miner about this case:
3/17/2011 6:00:00 AM
Meadview man arrested in motorcyclist’s death
11/29/2012 6:00:00 AM
Murder trial in road death ‘inching’ forward
3/15/2013 6:01:00 AM
Was it an accident – or murder? Testimony is contradictory
… The Jennings saw Golden in front of them, according to testimony. When they passed him, Joanna Jennings flipped the bird at Golden.
What happened next, however, is unclear.
Matako offered inconsistent testimony in court as well as when he was first interviewed by detectives two years ago.
For instance, he said he felt Golden’s truck hit the rear of Jennings’ motorcycle before the crash, but he told county detectives that all he saw was dust when he turned around.
He also testified that Golden told him he deliberately caused the accident and that he was sorry to get him involved in the feud.
Joanna Jennings also offered contradictory stories. On the day of the accident, she told a Mohave County deputy that she had no idea how the crash occurred. She did not mention Golden.
Later that day, Matako called law enforcement and said what he thought had happened, and later identified Golden in a lineup.
Both Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jeremy Huss and defense attorney Billy Sipe focused on the contradictory testimony in their closing arguments.
Regarding Matako’s statements, Huss said the witness “didn’t have a dog in the fight,” and “no motive to lie.”
“Justin was an 18-year-old kid,” said Huss. “He had no idea there was a conflict between the parties.”
Sipe also said Matako admitted smoking marijuana that morning. Jerry Jennings, according to toxicology reports, had 25 nanograms of marijuana metabolites in his system, twice the amount that is reportable under court guidelines.
Joanna Jennings’ testimony, said Sipe, was also flawed. He said she might have heard gossip about what happened and decided to place the blame on Golden, but on the day of the accident she said she had no idea what happened.
3/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jury says murder suspect not guilty
Meadview man was accused of running motorcyclist off road
All I know for sure is that “something” happened and a man died. I suppose the jury felt the same way.
— I was still thinking about this while doing dishes and I would really like to hear is Robert Golden’s story.
What DID happen?
I suppose he didn’t testify.