Guilty verdict in Ralph Goad murder trial

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - UPDATE: A Washoe County jury returned a verdict of guilty against Ralph Goad for 1st Degree Murder.

Goad will be sentenced on October 2, 2019.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The murder trial of a 72-year-old man accused of killing his best friend began Monday, August 5, 2019 with jury selection and opening statements.

Ralph Goad is charged with killing 76-year-old Theodore Gibson in Gibson's apartment last January.

In grand jury testimony, the pair were described as 'drinking buddies.' Goad making daily trips to buy beer and cigarettes for the two of them, then spending the next several hours in Gibson's apartment drinking and talking.

Deputy District Attorney Amos Stege told the jury all that changed on January 22 when it's believed Gibson died of more than 200 stab wounds.

Gibson's body was not discovered until 22 days later when the apartment manager was asked to check on his welfare. The air conditioning in the apartment had been turned on high in the middle of winter.

Goad had by then been evicted from his apartment in the same building for failing to pay his rent. He was arrested later in Sacramento.

Stege said evidence includes security camera video of Goad entering and leaving the apartment that day as well as blood stains on clothing he left behind which was matched to Gibson.

Deputy Public Defender Jennifer Mayhew told the jury Goad had no reason to kill his only friend.

The trial is expected to last through the week.

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