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3/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Jury says murder suspect not guilty
Meadview man was accused of running motorcyclist off road
Robert Golden
Robert Golden
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - As a few people in the gallery gasped, either in shock or with joy, Robert Felix Golden silently and repeatedly mouthed the words "thank you" to members of a jury who found him not guilty of murder on Friday.

The 46-year-old Meadview man faced second-degree murder charges in the March 12, 2011, death of Jerry Jennings, who was killed when the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was driving ran off of Stockton Hill Road and into an embankment near Dolan Springs.

The jury also found Golden not guilty on a charge of aggravated assault related to injuries incurred by Joanna Jennings, Jerry Jennings wife, who was riding on the back of the motorcycle that day. A charge of leaving the scene of an accident also came back with an acquittal.

"A lot of weight has been on one shoulder," said Golden following the verdict, which came after about two hours of deliberations.

"I've learned to counterbalance that weight, but now that it's gone I have to learn how to walk again."

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jeremy Huss said juror feedback indicated the verdict was the result of inconsistent testimony from Justin Matako, the prosecution's key eyewitness, who offered wholly contradictory comments before and during the trial.

"It came down to the credibility of our witness," said Huss. "There were a number of inconsistencies."

At trial it was stated Golden and Jennings were involved in a longstanding feud that played a key role in the accident, but Golden said it wasn't exactly the Hatfield and McCoys. The pair framed houses together for a couple of years.

"I think if Jerry were here he'd say that's not what it was," he said. "We actually got along really well. We worked as a team for two years and we were at the top of our game."

While Golden doesn't know if he will remain in the small community of Meadview, he did have kind words for Jerry Jennings' family.

"I hope they are able to get on with their lives and put this behind them," he said. "I feel sorry for Jerry's mom, Joan, and some day I hope to see Jerry again."

His attorney, Billy Sipe, said jurors made the correct decision.

"Based on the testimony and evidence that was presented to the jury, they absolutely made the right decision that Robert Gordon was not guilty of these charges," said Sipe. "We are very pleased with the jury verdict and we're not surprised by the verdict."

Like his client, Sipe had words of compassion for the Jennings family.

"I hope they can move on with their lives," he said. "I mean that sincerely."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous Anonymous

It is amazing we have so many who falsely claim they believe in the constitution and our system of government but with a forked tongue they speak falsely and hate our government, system! Its not perfect, sometimes the guilty do get set free and sometimes the innocent get found guilty, but for those who do not like America's system simply leave! Do not let the door hit you where the good lord split you! If this fellow is innocent or guilty a second judgment comes to us all on judgment day, and no jury decides, merely does Jesus know you or not, and thank god mankind does not get to sit in that jury box! And guilty or innocent this fellow only owes Jesus answers!

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: R H

Trial By Media needs to be replaced with RESPECT for the jury's decision. I am sick of the Nancy Grace/Greta Van Susteren school of jury tampering and their local level wannabes need to chill out too.

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Article comment by: Tina Callender

I remember Robert when he lived in Phoenix, and he was a great guy. He couldn't do that to another person, guess that's why he's free.

Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"Anson's Nephew and Uncle Anson are not the same person."

And you are not my uncle.


Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Wetherhew

I can't believe what juries are doing in Kingman. In the lase few months they have let murderers go and women who point guns at children!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Ansons Nephew if you really did get selected for jury duty you already disqualified yourself If you say in open court what you just posted here!”

Wow! Good job figuring that out!

“One has to tell the court they will judge by the evidence you have already posted anyone sitting in court will be given a guilty vote by you making you unfit for jury duty!”

You’re catchin’ on!

“I venture anyone going to court during this session ought to ask their lawyers to find out your name to use in a future appeal that a juror committed pejury!”

PLEASE call the clerk of the court!

“How ironic you might find yourself in that defendants box!”

Nope that is never going to happen.


Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

Anson's Nephew and Uncle Anson are not the same person. The point to my post was simply to stop denigrating innuendo that always follows such a trial and to prevent it deteriorating further into the political rants of Repubs vs Demos. That's all.

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: R .

Huh, I'm not allowed to share my opinion which is based on the FACTS of this case...

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Article comment by: nnp .....

I received a jury summons shortly before departing Kingman a couple years ago. I wrote back that, if they insisted, my services would be available - under the stipulation that I would not consider the judge's instructions to be legally binding, and that if the case involved to even a slight degree the credibility of law enforcement or any of their operatives, the accused could be assured of a pleasant walk out the door. I never heard from them again.

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Ansons Nephew if you really did get selected for jury duty you already disqualified yourself If you say in open court what you just posted here! One has to tell the court they will judge by the evidence you have already posted anyone sitting in court will be given a guilty vote by you making you unfit for jury duty! One has to be impartial and base decision on evidence in a trail not on ones prejudice and view all those who appear in court are guilty till proven innocent, seems to me the law says one is innocent till proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, obviously your not fit for any position over anyones life let alone to sit on a jury! I wonder will you commit perjury when asked if you can hear the case honestly based on evidence? I venture anyone going to court during this session ought to ask their lawyers to find out your name to use in a future appeal that a juror committed pejury! How ironic you might find yourself in that defendants box!

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

Well things are gonna change this week! I have been “selected” for jury duty. Hang on evildoers, you’re going down!

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Re: Uncle Anson

Are you kidding me? For someone who posts whatever you feel like posting, whether it be positive or adverse, you have a nerve trying to dictate what other's post on this article! Other's have a right to say what they want to about the decision the jury came to. Quit trying 'herd' other's responses.

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

As a biker, like it or not, the jury made their decision. Please do not post adverse comments concerning the judge or jury or prosecutors or Mr Golden and please please do not turn this into a political arena.



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