Officials: Man Shot Himself While Awaiting Jury Verdict At Rockingham County Courthouse

Apr 24, 2015

Court officials confirm a New Hampshire defendant awaiting a jury's verdicts in a trial on multiple counts of sexual assault on a minor shot himself outside the Rockingham County Superior Courthouse. 

Authorities say 75-year-old John Goodwin, a longtime piano teacher in Atkinson, went on trial earlier this week on six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. Prosecutors say he repeatedly sexually assaulted a student who is now 24. He pleaded not guilty. 

Court officials say the jury was deliberating when Goodwin shot himself Friday morning. 

WMUR-TV reports the former student testified earlier this week. He said he didn't come forward until 2013 because he was embarrassed.