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NC Appeals Court to hear arguments in Goode case

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By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The state Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the case of a man serving consecutive life terms for the murders of a Johnston County couple who owned the trailer park where he lived.

The court will hear the arguments Monday in the case of George Goode, who originally was sentenced to die for the 1992 murders of Leon and Margaret Batten. A federal judge cited ineffective lawyers when he overturned the sentence, and Goode was sentenced to consecutive life terms last year.

The federal judge also reprimanded a State Bureau of Investigation agent for presenting misleading blood evidence at Goode's trial.

Attorney Sarah Jessica Farber will argue Goode should be sentenced to concurrent life terms.

Goode has said he was present when the Battens were killed but didn't participate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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