Grand jury charges 89-year-old woman with murdering her daughter

May 8, 2015
Marjorie Good

Marjorie Good

The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury has indicted an 89-year-old woman for the murder of her daughter.

Solvang resident Heidi Good was suffering from ALS at the time of her death in 2013, but Good’s husband has since maintained in blog posts that she may have been murdered. Last week, the grand jury indicted Marjorie Good, the victim’s mother, as well as a second woman, Wanda Nelson.

Both Marjorie Good and Nelson face first degree murder charges, according to a Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office press release. Good appeared in court on Thursday, and Nelson has been arrested in New York State, where she is awaiting extradition.

Heidi Good was found dead in her home on March 25, 2013. She was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 at the age of 45, according to a blog entry she posted.

The grand jury issued the indictments after hearing from 33 witnesses. Santa Barbara County prosecutors presented evidence gathered during a sheriff’s office homicide investigation.

Transcripts from the grand jury hearings have not yet been made public.

The blog states that the last people who saw Heidi Good alive disregarded her advance directive. It also says that her death certificate states she died within minutes of her vent being tampered with.

Likewise, the blog states that shortly after Heidi Good died, Marjorie Good filed a complaint alleging that her son-in-law facilitated her daughter’s death. Sheriff’s detectives initially treated Heidi Good’s husband as the suspect, but later changed the direction of the homicide investigation, according to the blog.

Marjorie Good is due to appear in Santa Maria court on Tuesday for her arraignment.

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This is why we need to ability to choose to die with dignity. Watch the Netflix movie “How to Die in Oregon”. You will see people suffering and the actual process of ending that suffering. This sounds very much like a family trying to grant those wishes—except that it turned out horribly. It does not have to be that way.