Woman charged with murder claims 'stand your ground' defense

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jennifer Goodman
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jennifer Goodman

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 31-year-old woman accused of second-degree murder testified Friday in a hearing on her "stand your ground" claim that she stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense.

Jennifer Goodman was arrested in September 2011 in the killing of 33-year-old Anthony R. Norman. According to testimony, Norman left the Shortreed Street home after beating Goodman during an argument.

"He had me by my hair and he just kept punching me in my face," Goodman testified. "I guess he kept hitting me until he got tired of hitting, and blood was everywhere. Then he left. He left. He walked out the door. He left. No, he didn't leave. He went in the room and got my phone and he got my money. And then he left."

When he returned, he got into a fight with Goodman's roommate and her brother outside.

At one point, Goodman said she went outside with a knife to protect herself and her family, and when Norman turned around, the knife went into his chest. Goodman testified Friday that Norman "ran into the knife" she was holding.

Norman died at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

Goodman's defense lawyer says she was acting in self-defense.

Prosecutors say she stabbed him and it was not self-defense and does not constitute "stand your ground" because she was not in fear of death or great bodily harm.

Norman was Goodman's on-again, off-again boyfriend since she was 14, and the two had a child together.

At the end of Friday's hearing, Judge Mark Hulsey said he would rule in January on the motion to defense dismiss the charges.