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Man pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide in death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old son
The King County Prosecutor claims Tony Daniel Goodnow was angry, liquored up and speeding on State Route 164 east of Auburn on the the morning of Dec. 29, 2013 when he lost control of his car on a curve in thick fog and slammed into a tree, inflicting severe internal trauma on his fiancee's 5-year-old son and injuring the boy's 9-year-old sister.
The boy, Stacey-Izaac Holmes, died seven hours later at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Amaria Brown was treated for minor injuries and later released from the hospital.
The childrens' mother was not in the car.
At his arraignment two weeks ago, Goodnow pleaded not guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide.
A case setting hearing is scheduled for April 9 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim asked the court to set Goodnow's bail at $300,000 and to prohibit his use of any liquor or non-prescribed drugs. Further, she asked the court to require that he show proof that he had purchased an ignition interlock device, and that he have no contact with Amaria Brown.
According to court papers, the toxicology report from the Washington State Crime Lab later showed Goodnow's blood-alcohol content at the time of the accident to have been 0.16, twice the legal limit. The report also revealed that he had 56 mg. of carboxy-THC in his system, proving that he had consumed marijuana at some point over the days leading up to the accident.
The children's mother did not cooperate with the investigation.
Goodnow is a convicted felon with a record of numerous criminal charges, among them: car theft, 2010; criminal trespassing-obstructing-assault 4-resisting arrest, 2010; criminal trespassing-theft, 2010; theft and being a minor in possession, 2010; making false statements, 2010; criminal trespassing, 2010; being a minor in possession, 2011; being a minor intoxicated in public, 2011; and criminal trespassing-malicious mischief, 2011.