We've reported on dad K.C. GOBLE before. Initially, he pleaded not guilty "by reason of mental defect." But that didn't fly, so now he's just pleading "not guilty" to the murder of his 2-month-old son.
Clyde father changes plea in murder case
BY MARK TOWER • Staff writer • September 17, 2010
FREMONT -- A Clyde man accused of killing his 2-month-old son in January has changed his plea.
K.C. Goble, 23, is charged with two counts of murder and child endangering in the death of his son, Preston Goble. He originally pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect, but after being ruled competent to stand trial, has changed his plea to not guilty.
In April, Goble's attorney requested a court diagnostic evaluation for Goble in Toledo to see if he was insane at the time of the alleged crime.
The evaluation came back saying Goble was competent and knew the difference between right and wrong when the alleged crime was committed, Assistant Sandusky County Prosecuting Attorney Beth Tischler said.
That evaluation was completed June 17 and a competency hearing was held Sept. 3.
At that time, Goble's attorney withdrew the plea of not guilty by reason of mental defect and entered a plea of not guilty, Tischler said.
In March, the Lucas County Coroner's Office said Preston Goble died of blunt force trauma and ruled the death a homicide by child abuse. The boy died Jan. 13, after being removed from life support at Toledo Children's Hospital.
His father was arrested the day before, after hospital personnel noticed injuries consistent with assault.
The mother, 21-year-old Danielle Myers, called 9-1-1 to report Preston wasn't breathing. Clyde police rushed him to Bellevue Hospital and he was later flown to Toledo.
Goble and Myers have been a couple since November 2008.
At Goble's arraignment Jan. 21, Common Pleas Judge Barbara Ansted ordered the 2005 Clyde High School graduate and former U.S. Marine to have no contact with the child's mother.
A jury trial for Goble is set to begin 9 a.m. Oct. 5 and run through Oct. 8. If convicted, Goble could face life imprisonment.