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David Godwin North Carolina Death Row

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David Godwin was sentenced to death by the State of North Carolina for the murder of Wendy Tamagne. According to court documents David Godwin would murder Wendy Tamagne and dismember her body before placing her in garbage bags. David Godwin would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

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David Godwin 2021 Information

Offender Number:1142266                                          
Inmate Status:ACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status:INACTIVE
Gender:MALE
Race:WHITE
Ethnic Group:EUROPEAN/N.AM./AUSTR
Birth Date:03/22/1991
Age:30
Current Location:CENTRAL PRISON

David Godwin More News

Jurors have sentenced David Godwin to death for beating, strangling, stabbing, killing and ultimately dismembering a Morehead City woman three years ago.

David Godwin, of Newport, was found guilty of first degree murder on April 12. He killed 37-year-old Wendy Tamagne, dismembered her body and stuffed it into trash bags in July 2016.

Authorities say Godwin fled on a Greyhound bus where he later showed up at Warrington Police Department in Oregon and said, “You guys are looking for me.” When they asked why, Godwin said, “I’m wanted for murder.”

Tamagne was recently divorced at the time of her death and living at Country Club Apartments, which is where her dismembered body was found on July 5, 2016. Police said Tamagne and Godwin knew each other and this was not a random act, but Godwin’s defense team states something different.

Prosecutors detailed a grisly scene throughout the murder trial while Godwin sat with his head down, staring at the table in front of him.

Tamagne’s mother, Jill Bergener, was the one who told authorities something was wrong the day after Tamagne’s murder. The mother and daughter spoke often and when Bergener was getting no response, each unanswered text sparked a growing concern. Bergener was among those in the courtroom as Godwin was sentenced.

“How am I ever going to forgive someone for murdering my daughter, said Bergener. “David you’re not sick, you’re a coward. You know it, I know it and God knows it.”

Bergener said she also told David Godwin’s mother she feels sorry for her and that they both lost children.

Godwin will be taken to the state penitentiary in Raleigh.

District Attorney Scott Thomas thanked the jury for their service.

“We are very appreciative of the jury for their work in this case,” Thomas said. “They have devoted nearly one month of their lives to this case from jury selection to the final sentence. They have had to listen to and observe gruesome evidence during this trial. They have used their good judgment and common sense to reach guilty verdicts and a sentence.

“My staff members who prosecuted this case spent months preparing this capital case for trial and nearly one month in court from jury selection through sentencing. They were well prepared and demonstrated their professional abilities on a very tough assignment. The Morehead City Police Department, State Bureau of Investigation, and the State Crime Lab worked diligently to solve this case and provide the evidence needed for a conviction.”

Thomas also extended condolences again to the Tamagne family.

“We committed to the family of Wendy that we would seek justice in her murder,” Thomas said. “In this case, we decided to seek the death penalty due to the aggravating factors present. Every murder is cruel by its very nature, but the death in this case was especially heinous, atrocious, and cruel. Our prayers continue to be with Wendy’s family and friends as they move forward after this first-degree murder conviction and sentence.”

https://wcti12.com/news/local/deliberations-finish-jury-begins-discussion-of-sentencing-for-david-godwin

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  1. This leaves out so much important detail. Godwin was on the medication Effexor(AKA Venlafaxine) without a mood stabilizer and was previously diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. “Venlafaxine is neither recommended nor approved for the treatment of major depressive episodes in bipolar disorder, as it can induce mania or mixed episodes. Venlafaxine appears to be more likely than the SSRIs and bupropion to induce mania and mixed episodes in bipolar patients” (source: https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.13020185)

    He had been on it 2 weeks, prescribed to him by a physicians assistant who did not look at his mental health record. Abused as a child, several real suicide attempts, one resulting in his heart stopping at the hospital when he was only 17.

    Huh? Oh ok. So all of this is just a coincidence? He isn’t sick? He’s never been sick? he’s just a simple evil monster? I understand the pain involved with losing someone under tragic circumstances, but if we continue to simply label people monsters, sweep in under the rug, lock them away and throw away the key, this will continue to happen.

    Godwin and Wendy were best friends. They were not lovers with a quarrel, and they were not enemies or had trouble with each other. All of this coupled with an unbelievable amount of alcohol consumed that night (4th of July) humanity seriously wants me to believe he was just some monster all along and this had nothing to do with severe mental illness, alcohol, or drugs? This could happen to ANYONE. This man was not a killer or a monster. What happened was horrible, but there is so much more to this. He was blacked out in a state of complete psychosis; he was NOT himself! And I know, true monster’s use these excuses ALL the time to get off, and that makes me angry because people like Godwin exist who GENUINLY did this out of character and under the influence of mental ailments, improper medication, and alcohol.

    but it will continue to happen. Everyday, until something changes.

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