WILKES-BARRE — A man convicted by a Luzerne County jury of first-degree murder believes his lawyers should have called the surgeons who operated on the victim.
Kenneth Malik Evans, 26, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, testified Tuesday during his latest attempt at challenging the jury’s verdict that convicted him in the fatal shooting of Shantique “Teeka” Goodson.
Goodson died shortly after she was shot multiple times as she sat inside a vehicle in the Sherman Hills apartment complex on Nov. 11, 2013.
Evans was convicted after a trial before Judge David Lupas. He was sentenced to life in prison.
During Tuesday’s hearing before Judge Michael T. Vough, Evans said he believes his trial lawyers, John Pike and Hugh Taylor, should have called the surgeons who performed emergency surgery on Goodson. Evans contends Goodson was in stable condition after sustaining the gunshot wounds.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross testified during Evans’ trial in 2014, explaining Goodson died from multiple gunshot wounds. Goodson suffered the fatal wound in the thigh and pelvic area of her body.
“General Hospital said they stabilized the victim,” Evans said Tuesday. “The victim died from loss of blood. The surgeons who did the surgery should have testified.”
Pike explained if Goodson died from medical malpractice during surgery, Ross would have included that in Goodson’s autopsy report.
“If that was the case, it would have to be gross negligence on their (hospital) part and Dr. Ross would have said that (in the autopsy report),” Pike said, noting Ross determined Goodson suffered a gunshot wound in a vital part of her body.
“The artery was severed,” Pike said of Goodson’s wound.
Pike said he did not seek another pathologist for a second opinion because Ross is a forensic medical expert.
Evans also argued Wilkes-Barre police detectives Ron Foy and David Sobocinski were not qualified as expert witnesses when they testified about gunshot residue, and a witness who did testify had a financial gain related to a civil lawsuit against Sherman Hills.
Evans appealed the jury’s conviction with the state Superior Court, which in March 2016 upheld the jury’s verdict.
Vough said he will render a decision at a later date.