The jury acquits the man for shooting his brother with meth

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – Two brothers, one shot the other after a night on meth. They still love each other and the older brother, the victim, still speaks to his brother, who is in the Allen County Jail.

But on Thursday, Ian Goodman, 27, sat with his fiancée Jessica Day in the courtroom of Supreme Court Justice David Zent awaiting the verdict on younger brother Ryan Goodman, 23, who is facing six charges, the most serious an aggravated battery knowingly inflicting injury creates a significant risk of death. The level 3 crime carries a sentence of three to 16 years.

The jury was divided.

He was found not guilty because of the aggravated battery charge, which the jury believed was self-defense.

He was also found not guilty of domestic battery, resulting in aggravated assault, a Level 5 felony, and theft of a firearm, a Level 6 felony. Level 5 crimes carry a sentence of one to six years, and Level 6 crimes carry a sentence of six months to 2.5 years.

Ryan Lee Goodman

Ryan Goodman looked relieved when he heard the charges for the major crimes.

However, he was found guilty on two counts of carrying a handgun without a license, a Level 5 and 6 felony and possession of Level 6 methamphetamine, drugs he was carrying when he was arrested on June 19 , after shooting Ian on June 18th.

Robert Scremin said it was the first time in his 24 years as a lawyer that he had a case involving two brothers who both had the same parents.

“I am very pleased with the jury’s verdict of not guilty in relation to the aggravated Tier 3 battery. That’s really why this case went to trial. Ryan Goodman has maintained throughout that he never shot his brother on purpose, that he fired a warning shot into the ground when his brother came up to him and threatened him, and if he was hit, it was either an accident or the Bullet may have bounced off the ground and hit him.”

His mother, Tori Ruch, put up with whatever the jury decided.

“It’s been my seat for three days,” Ruch said, sharing the front row with her fiancée, Lori Stockman. Ruch said the brothers have always been together but have not necessarily fought. They are the middle brothers of four.

“Both of them are grown men and have decided to take this path in life,” Ruch said. “It’s not the first time they’ve run into trouble. They prefer to do drugs and live off people.”

Not surprisingly, Stockman said they were “sad” the situation had gotten this far. Both tried to get the two to change their lives and get a job, they said.

The shooting, which left Ian Goodman unable to have sexual relations, happened outside Ian’s home at Woodview Manor Apartments around 7:45 a.m. on June 18. Ruch said her two sons and Day were hanging out and using meth when the two got into an argument. Court documents showed the three fell out after Ian asked Ryan to leave the flat and didn’t offer to take him away.

“Really brother?” Ian said to Ryan after he was shot and clutching his shorts, shouting for his fiancé to call 9-1-1. Ian later described the wound as near his genitals. He rated his pain a 23 on a scale of 1 to 10, according to court documents.

Scremin said the fight took place outside the 3500 Block of Ferndale apartment and the much larger, older brother, who weighed 350 pounds, took off his shirt and approached Ryan. Rya, at 170 pounds, took a gun he had accused of stealing from his cousin Michael Klinger a few days earlier and shot it in the ground. The .45 caliber bullet either hit Ian directly or ricocheted off the parking lot and struck Ian in the penis and urethra before exiting his back. It probably shattered into three pieces when it hit the pelvic bone.

Even in agony, Scremin said Ian could walk around. The jury heard Day calling 911 on a tape and tearfully begging the dispatcher to send help.

Scremin said it was obvious Ryan fired a warning shot at his brother who was after him. Allen County Prosecutor Tasha Lee disagreed, telling the jury Ryan showed no remorse during a phone call with his mother.

“He never once asked about Ian,” Lee said. “When the defendant speaks to his mother, he also speaks to Ian’s mother. He asked, ‘What does Ian say happened’.” That was because Ryan wanted their stories to match when Ryan faced prison.

Ryan, who was homeless at the time of the shooting, also told his mother that the shooting “wouldn’t have happened if you let me live with you. Just talk to me mom. I’m going to jail.”

Ryan’s cousin, Michael Klinger, testified that he allowed Ryan to come to his home to shower and then his .45 caliber handgun, a gift from his late grandfather, went missing two days before the shooting. The next day, Klinger filed a police report, but did not allow Fort Wayne police to come to his home to provide photos or fingerprints of the theft.

Scremin said it may have been because “he didn’t want his old lady to know he gave the gun away”.

After the verdict, Klinger told WANE that he did not want to comment.

Ryan was picked up around 11:30pm on June 19 while walking to a Shell gas station. The Fort Wayne Street Crimes Unit found the allegedly stolen Tisa firearm, loaded with one round in the chamber and four rounds in the magazine, along with three other allegedly stolen magazines containing one, five and eight rounds, according to an affidavit on the probable Cause. This was the same gun that the jury was not convinced was stolen and found Ryan not guilty.

Goodman, who was also found guilty of a Whitley County gun charge, a probation violation, Scremin said is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 14.

“This is probably the first case I’ve had in 24 years (that was brother versus brother). It was difficult, I’m sure, for her. For me, the law applies regardless of whether it is a family member or not. Self defense applies the same way. I am sure that this was difficult for everyone involved.”

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Tom Vazquez

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