Months after Oakley police call fatal shooting lawful self-defense by 74-year-old woman, DA charges her with murder



Months after Oakley police call fatal shooting lawful self-defense by 74-year-old woman, DA charges her with murder

MARTINEZ — Months after Oakley police publicly announced that it was so obvious a 74-year-old woman shot and killed her estranged boyfriend in self-defense that she wasn’t even arrested, Contra Costa prosecutors have charged her with murder.

Judith Goodner, of Oakley, was charged Sept. 13 with murdering 52-year-old Ruben Ortiz Jr., of Stockton, in the May 5 shooting. Goodner was arrested the following day and booked in the county jail in lieu of $1 million bail, where she remains. Her arraignment has been set for Sept. 22.

Authorities say that new evidence, including surveillance video depicting the shooting, disputes the initial findings that Goodner killed Ortiz to prevent him from assaulting her.

Goodner allegedly shot and killed Ortiz outside of her home on the 200 block of West Cypress Road in Oakley. At the time, police said Goodner had taken a restraining order out against Ortiz and that the investigation found no criminality on her part.

“There is a history of physical violence between them,” police said in a statement issued days after the May shooting. “Another act of physical violence occurred, which led (Goodner) to shoot (Ortiz) in self-defense. Due to this being a self-defense shooting, and absent any other crimes committed by (Goodner), she was not booked.”

Police brought the case for a review by the DA’s homicide unit this week, leading to the murder charge against Goodner, whose attorney could not be reached for comment. Authorities say surveillance footage from the home shows that Ortiz wasn’t attacking Goodner when she retrieved a handgun from inside the home and shot him.


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