Powhatan man prepares to face attackers in court for second time

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — For the second time this year, a Powhatan man will face his alleged attackers in court.

Last April, Norris Goode was stabbed at a pond near his home.

Two men, Jesse Ray Moore and Jacob Moore, were charged with aggravated malicious wounding.

In March, Jesse Ray Moore was found not guilty by a judge.

On Thursday, his brother Jacob will appear for a preliminary hearing before the same judge to determine if the case will go to trial.

Now, Norris Goode and his family are hoping this time, they will receive justice.

“If we don’t get the justice in this case then it would be disheartening to our family as well as this community,” said Goode’s mother, Rebecca Parker.

N. Goode said he’s still trying to comprehend the March ruling from Judge Paul Cella.

“It’s sickening,” he said. “It’s really sickening to think that this man thought that this gentleman was not guilty.”

“It’s really sickening to think that this man thought that this gentleman was not guilty.” — Norris Goode

Goode said he is still healing both physically and mentally from the attack.

“You really can’t gauge,” Goode said. “One day is good and the next few could be indescribable. You take every day at a time, definitely.”

They are asking for anyone and everyone to come with them to court on Thursday, to show their support for Norris.

“Everyone deserves justice,” Parker said. “And I believe that anyone would want it for their son as much as I want it for mine.”

The preliminary case hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 22 at 3 p.m. at the Powhatan County Courthouse.

The family is also planning a rally on July 7 asking for a judicial review of Judge Paul Cella and the cases he’s presided over. They ask that he be removed from his position.

That rally will be led by Phillip Thompson with the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee Chairman Group.

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