Q. In the case of Harold Goins, Jr., what is the story of the 1996 crime where he slit the throat of a female defense attorney? I suppose she survived?
A. Harold Goins Jr., recently deemed a violent habitual criminal and sentenced to life in prison following a guilty verdict in a rape case, has two felony assault with a deadly weapon cases on his record, including the 1996 attack of a Wilmington attorney as she left the New Hanover County courthouse.
On May 9, 1996, Sam Ryan was crossing Walnut Street, within 20 feet of her office when Goins grabbed her around the neck and sliced at her throat with a knife.
Only Ryan’s hands, which took the brunt of her attacker’s force, kept her from being seriously cut, according to archived news articles from the StarNews.
Ryan survived the assault and continues to practice law in Wilmington.
Date posted: April 15, 2013
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