Belynda Goff

In 1994 Belynda, then 32 years old, lived in Green Forest, Arkansas and worked at the local Tyson plant. She was a mother of three – Stephen Lee, 3 years old, Mark, 7, and Bridgette, 15.

On the night of June 11, 1994 she was home with her husband, Stephen, and their son, Stephen Lee. Around 9:00 pm Stephen received a phone call and told Belynda he was going out for cigarettes even though, as Belynda told him, the store was closed. She headed to bed around 10:00 or 10:30 pm. Stephen was still not home. During the night Stephen Lee crawled into bed with her.

At about 2:00 am her upstairs neighbors heard a knock on the Goffs’ door, and then shortly later, what sounded like banging on the ceiling.

Between 4:00 and 4:30 am Belynda’s alarm went off. She went into the bathroom, then the living room. It was there that she saw Stephen, in the corner of their doorway, bloodied. His blood spattered keys lay nearby. She became hysterical and dialed the Operator for help. The paramedics and police arrived shortly thereafter.

The police could not find bloody weapons or clothing in Belynda’s home so they surmised she must have cut up the clothing and flushed it down the toilet. While the police failed to find evidence to corroborate their theory, evidence that someone else had killed Stephen began to emerge.

On the morning her trial was to begin, Belynda, facing the prospect of a life sentence, was offered a plea deal of 10 years. She rejected it.

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2 thoughts on “Belynda Goff”

  1. Thank you for featuring this case. Belynda Goff has served over twenty years in prison for a crime she did not commit. Recently in a court hearing, the New York Innocence Project was granted ability to test potentially exculpatory evidence for DNA. By the time the Innocence Project got to the police dept. to retrieve the evidence, it magically disappeared.

    Not one piece of evidence or witness testimony link Belynda to this crime. There is absolutely nothing but a police officer’s word against her. The state of Arkansas has done their best to bury this case along with her voice, so again thank you for the feature.

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  2. Reblogged this on Free Belynda Goff and commented:
    More awareness is being brought to this case daily. I hope that you will take the time to read this post. A woman is fighting for justice. She is fighting a state and system that is trying to keep their doings hidden while keeping her cries silent. The best way to move forward is with awareness and being proactive. We are all starting to see more wrongful convictions surface in the media. These convictions were made so that prosecutors and police can make a name for themselves at the mighty cost of an innocent person. This is part of Belynda Goff’s story.

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