EUREKA, CA. (KIEM) – A local man found guilty of second degree murder may get another chance in court.
A judge says a new trial could be in order for 37-year-old Jon Goldberg.
He was found guilty in March of shooting and killing Tim Smith of Fortuna, in September of 2016.
Goldberg claimed self-defense, and was sentenced 15 years to life – but that could change.
Visiting Judge Graham Cribbs said a motion for a new trial could be necessary due to “jury misconduct”.
Exactly what the misconduct is was not shared.
Judge Cribbs could decide the misconduct warrants a whole new trial.
For now, Goldberg still has his recent conviction, but an evidentiary hearing for the judge to review the possible misconduct, is scheduled for October 15.