On Monday, a Lamar County jury convicted Ashton Jacorrien Green of Murder after deliberating for approximately 30 minutes, according to District Attorney Gary Young.
“The defendant brutally executed Rolshawun Goff while he sat watching Christmas movies with his family, including his four-year old daughter,” said Young. “The jury’s swift verdict shows they paid close attention to the overwhelming evidence of Green’s guilt.”
The jury heard testimony that Goff had given Green a cigarette, which Green took outside to smoke on their apartment’s balcony. Minutes later, Green came back inside and shot Goff in the head and neck a half-dozen times in front of multiple eyewitnesses before stealing a car and fleeing the scene. Paris police officers responded to the scene, located the murder weapon dumped at a nearby house, and arrested Green near Crockett Intermediate School within 15 minutes.
During the punishment phase, Goff’s mother testified about the impact on their family, including his four-year old daughter’s placement in foster care. Jurors also learned about Green’s previous juvenile felony sentence for burglary of a habitation and his terroristic threats to shoot up his school before sentencing him to 99 years in prison.
First Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Kaminar stated “We appreciate the swift response of the Paris Police Department and the jury’s verdict in this case. Violent criminals like Ashton Green have no place in our community and the jury agreed by removing him. Nothing can return Rolshawun Goff to his family, but we hope the jury’s verdict has given them justice and some measure of peace.”
The case was tried in the 6th District Court before Judge Wes Tidwell. Gary Young and Benjamin Kaminar prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Green was represented by Paul Rosemergy.