Tyler Goodson of the popular "S-Town" podcast has been released from jail, a week after he was arrested on aggravated animal cruelty and reckless endangerment charges.
Prosecutors sought to have his bond in prior criminal cases revoked, forcing him to remain jailed until a court date sometime this fall.
On Monday, Bibb County Circuit Judge Don McMillan issued an order denying prosecutor Bryan Jones’ motion to revoke Goodson’s bond. Goodson, 26, was arrested last week for an incident reported in April. He's accused of shooting a pit bull that was allegedly being held by his brother, Jake.
In the order, McMillan outlined details of the incident that had not been previously released.
"Testimony revealed that the defendant shot and killed his brother’s pit bull dog after said dog savagely attacked and severely injured the defendant’s dog, a terrier, in an incident occurring back in April of this year,” the order stated. “The defendant was not arrested at the scene and was permitted to take his dog (the terrier) to the veterinarian for treatment.”
According to J.D. Terry, Goodson's attorney, the dog that was injured had formerly belonged to John B. McLemore, the focus of the "S-Town," podcast. Goodson had taken the dog in after McLemore died in 2015 and belonged to his grandmother. The dog's name is Pipsqueak.
"It was in the vet for a while," Terry said, detailing how Pipsqueak suffered some broken ribs from the injury. The dog is now back in the Goodson's care.
On Friday, Goodson’s attorneys and the state met with McMillan in his chambers to discuss the issue.
Jones had previously argued that, because his brother was allegedly holding the dog at the time of the shooting, Goodson had placed someone in danger and had violated his bond requirements to stay out of trouble.
“It’s one thing to shoot an animal, but it’s another to almost shoot another person,” Jones said in an interview with The Tuscaloosa News published June 16.
However, Goodson’s attorneys said otherwise.
“We just don’t believe that he poses a risk to the community,” Terry told the newspaper June 16.
Goodson had previously been out on bond in a case regarding McLemore and his property following his death. Goodson and his attorneys claim that McLemore planned to leave much of his property to him after he died; McLemore is recorded in the podcast as saying as much. However, McLemore did not leave a will and his property went to his mother, Mary Grace.
After McLemore’s death, Goodson took items from the land, including equipment, lumber and two school buses. Goodson is charged with multiple counts of theft, burglary and criminal trespass charges. Many of the charges came from prosecutors listening to “S-Town.”
Since its release on March 28, "S-Town" has been downloaded over 40 million times and has been considered a critical success due to both its storytelling and the its descriptions of people from the town of Woodstock.
On Monday, McMillan ordered that Goodson be released from the Bibb County Jail on the same bond as before. Bond was set at $21,000 for both the animal cruelty and reckless endangerment charges.
The court has set July 19 as an arraignment date on the new indictment a grand jury delivered earlier this month.
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