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Carmel Valley man arrested in Colorado on attempted murder charge

Martin Goodman
Martin Goodman and his attorney, Bill Little, in court Feb. 20 in Colorado. Randy Wyrick, Vail Daily

A Carmel Valley man was arrested over the weekend in Vail, Colorado, on charges of first-degree attempted murder, assault, second degree kidnapping and other charges in connection with an alleged incident of domestic violence at a Vail hotel.

Martin Ian Goodman, 54, a resident of Carmel Valley, made his first court appearance on the charges on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The incident occurred just before midnight on Friday, Feb. 16.

At Tuesday's hearing, Goodman's attorney, Bill Little, said that contrary to police reports, Goodman bound his girlfriend with soft-cuffs and Gorilla tape - not plastic zip ties like the kind used by police - and that the encounter was consensual, according to a report by the Vail Daily news website. The attorney also said the allegations against Goodman are not supported by evidence.

Bond was set at $10,000, and Goodman was released from the Eagle County jail on bond Tuesday afternoon, following his hearing. Final charges are due to be filed by Feb. 27, and Goodman is due back in court on March 13, according to Vail Daily.

Bruce Brown, district attorney for Colorado's Fifth Judicial District, wrote in an email that his office will be reviewing evidence in the case to determine which charges are appropriate.

"We will be asking hard questions and reviewing all available evidence before filing charges February 27. We may be requesting that the court extend that deadline to assure that all information is carefully reviewed. The allegations are obviously serious and we want to make sure we get this right," Brown wrote.

According to the report by Vail police, officers were called to the Lodge at Vail in Vail Village, where they met the alleged victim, who told officers that Goodman was her boyfriend. She claimed to have been strangled by the suspect with his hands, and struck repeatedly.

The alleged victim was initially found by lodge employees with her hands bound behind her back, said Vail police.

Police said Goodman was taken into custody without incident at the lodge.

According to news reports, hotel staff were alerted to the disturbance when other guests called to complain about noise and shouting coming from the alleged victim's room. Hotel security staff found her inside the room, with her hands bound.

Goodman was the subject of a feature article in this newspaper in 2016, which focused on his being honored at a gala by a nonprofit group that provides services for foster youth. He volunteered with a number of philanthropic groups, according to his Linked-In profile.

At the time, Goodman said he worked as a real estate investor and manager. He also served for several years as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, where he taught a class on real estate for MBA students.

Court records show Goodman filed for dissolution of his marriage in September of last year.

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