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What is the story of the 1996 crime where Harold Goins Jr. was convicted of slitting the throat of a female attorney?

F.T. Norton
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Harold Goins Jr.

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.

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One Response to “ What is the story of the 1996 crime where Harold Goins Jr. was convicted of slitting the throat of a female attorney?”

  1. On August 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm Conchita maria goins wrote:

    It’s so funny that when my uncles name is brought up it’s about what he did in 1996 which he served 15 years for he paid for his crime and tried to come out and be better they found him guilty of rape 4 different medical examiners said she was not raped she waited 6 hours to call the cops the gun was stole before he got out of prison so u know what’s that’s called injustice we are going to sue wilmington oh and why was the lawyer in the courtroom during his trial this time and isn’t her husband a defense attorney And why would you put on the news a day before his trial when they selected jurors not in new Hanover that he slit the lawyers throat so many years ago y didn’t u say he paid for his crime it’s injustice my grandma lost a son my mom lost a brother our family lost a life so please shed light on the whole story not some of it he has daughters and a granddaughter nobody knows his struggle so when u write story’s wirte them with the family in mind thank