FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (WR) — An Arizona court docket has set bond for a U.S. Air Pressure airman charged within the deadly taking pictures of a Sunday college trainer who was residing in northwestern New Mexico at $2 million money solely.
Mark Gooch grew to become eligible for bond after the deadline handed for prosecutors to pursue the loss of life penalty within the case. Gooch is dealing with life in jail if convicted of first-degree homicide and different fees within the loss of life of Sasha Krause.
The 27-year-old Mennonite girl disappeared from her church neighborhood outdoors Farmington in January as she was gathering supplies for a Sunday college class. Her physique was discovered greater than a month later in a forest clearing close to Flagstaff along with her arms certain with duct tape.
Coconino County Superior Court docket Choose Cathleen Brown Nichols weighed greater than a dozen components in setting the bail quantity Thursday throughout a listening to within the case. These included the desires of the victims, Gooch’s historical past and the proof already introduced within the case.
“The court docket does consider that if the defendant is launched, he poses a threat to to different members of the neighborhood if he, in reality, dedicated this offense,” she mentioned.
Gooch, a 21-year-old who was stationed at Luke Air Pressure base close to Phoenix, is being held on the Coconino County jail in Flagstaff.
Authorities used cellphone data to tie him to Krause, however they haven’t mentioned what led him to her. Testing of a bullet that was taken from her cranium decided it was fired from a rifle owned by Gooch, authorities mentioned.
Gooch’s legal professional, Matthew Springer, pointed to Gooch’s lack of felony historical past, in arguing for bail. He didn’t advocate for a certain quantity however mentioned no matter considerations prosecutors and Krause’s household might need might be addressed within the situations of launch.
“Whatever the proof on this case, he nonetheless has the presumption of innocence,” Springer mentioned. “I do know the state appears assured within the proof they’ve on this case … however we’ve got our defenses, actually, on this case as properly.”
Prosecutor Ammon Barker requested at the least a $2 million cash-only bond, saying Gooch has exhibited a sample of animosity towards the Mennonite neighborhood that he grew up in.
“The victims on this case don’t want this defendant launched for apparent causes,” he mentioned. “He killed their daughter, and so they expressed they’d solely really feel secure if he stays in jail.”
Barker mentioned prosecutors intend to take the case to trial however would take into account a plea supply made by the protection.
The following listening to within the case is about for late September.