Trial set to begin: Marine accused of beating wife with a hammer

Jonathan Gould (Source: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)
Jonathan Gould (Source: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

Posted by Debra Worley - email

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The trial of a former Camp Lejeune Marine accused of beating his wife with a hammer last year is set to begin this week, according to the Jacksonville Daily News.

24-year-old Jonathan Matthew Gould was indicted in May on charges of attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Detectives say Gould hit his pregnant wife, Erin Gould, in the head with a hammer in December 2008.  She was in a coma for more than a month and lost her unborn child.

Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said Gould stabbed himself with a small pairing knife in hopes to make law officials believe there was a third party involved in the attack.

He told authorities that a man attacked him as he tried to enter his home early Saturday morning.

Gould told deputies he was injured and left unconscious and woke up to find his wife severely injured.  Gould later confessed to the attack.

Jury selection is expected to begin early in the week.

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning depending on court scheduling, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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