After spending less than two hours in deliberation on Friday afternoon, a Carteret County jury has found David Godwin, 28, guilty of first-degree felony murder on all counts in the death of Wendy Tamagne, 38, of Morehead City.
Tamagne was found deceased by Morehead City police on July 4, 2016. She had been stabbed, strangled and dismembered.
The charges included first degree murder with malice, premeditation and deliberation; first degree felony murder by means of common law robbery for stealing the victim’s truck; first degree felon murder by means of felonious dismemberment or destroying human remains; and first degree murder by lying in wait.
In his closing argument, defense attorney Ernest Conner asked the jury to take in consideration the mental status of Godwin at the time time of the murder including his issues with prescribed medication Effexor, which had been doubled shortly before the murder.
He asked jurors to take all they had heard from defense witness and to find his client guilty of only second-degree murder. Prosecutor David Spence reminded jurors they were the soul judges of what happened the night of the murder, saying the case was not circumstantial, but factual.
“Just because the crime was malicious, does not mean he was crazy,” Spence said. “In a crime like this, you do all you can for the law.”
As Godwin’s is a capital murder offense, jurors will return to the courtroom on Tuesday to determine if he will get the death penalty or life in prison.