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Bond set at $250k for accused Walmart shooter

Aug. 21, 2013
 
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OSHKOSH — It’s fortunate multiple people weren’t hurt last week when a Walmart employee was shot at the store, a court commissioner on Tuesday told the woman charged with the shooting.

Winnebago County Court Commissioner John Kuech set bond at $250,000 for Justine Boyd, 46, Greenville, who is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting of her co-worker.

Boyd appeared in court via closed-circuit TV from the Winnebago County Jail. The Walmart cashier is accused of shooting Sharon Goffard, 56, of Neenah, in the abdomen while they were working at about 11:15 a.m. Aug. 14.

Kuech said the seriousness of the crime demanded a high cash bond despite Boyd’s lifelong ties to the Fox Valley.

“Someone that’s armed with two handguns, extra ammunition, we might be fortunate that one person is only injured here. That you do pose a serious threat of serious bodily harm to members of the community (warrants the high bond),” Kuech told Boyd.

Deputy District Attorney Scott Ceman requested a $1 million bond, which Boyd’s court-appointed attorney, Robert Vander Loop, said was unreasonable.

Goffard remained in critical condition Tuesday at Theda Clark Medical Center.

The criminal complaint filed Monday revealed that Goffard was lying behind a counter, soaked in blood and slipping in and out of consciousness when police arrived, but responded, “Justine, Justine,” when asked who had shot her.

Another employee told a Neenah police officer that “Justine” was Justine Boyd, a co-worker who had returned to her cash register and resumed working after shooting Goffard with a Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun.

Goffard’s boyfriend told an investigator she had recently told him Boyd was upset with her for taking a shift in the liquor store, which Boyd thought was an easier job.

The ongoing investigation revealed Boyd was upset Goffard kept taking what she thought were simpler cashier jobs, including shifts in the liquor department and self-checkout lanes, Ceman said Tuesday, clarifying the criminal complaint.

Boyd’s husband told investigators his wife had asked him, “How many times should you shoot someone if you want to take them down?” and he told her, “Two in the chest and one in the head.”

Police say a Walmart manager told them the shooting occurred after Goffard had asked for relief so she could go on break, and a manager asked Boyd to cover for her. Boyd said she had to go to the bathroom, and the manager heard the shot shortly after Boyd had returned.

When officers arrested Boyd inside the store, they found she had a cocked and loaded semi-automatic handgun in the right front pocket of her shirt. They also discovered a loaded Taurus Rossi .38 Special revolver in her bag, as well as additional ammunition for both guns in the bag and shirt pockets.

Boyd had a concealed-carry permit, but Walmart policy prohibits employees from carrying weapons while in the store. The policy does not apply to customers. Walmart suspended Boyd pending more information on the criminal case.

— Holly Meyer: 920-993-1000, ext. 426, or hmeyer@postcrescent.com; on Twitter @HollyAMeyer

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