News 12 First at Five / Friday, July 20, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Todd Goff was in court Friday for the murder of his longtime girlfriend, Tiffany Salter.
A superior court judge granted 24-year-old Goff a $50,000 bond.
Richmond County deputies say Goff strangled Salter to death on the morning of July 7. Prosecutors say it began as a verbal altercation that turned physical at a home on the 4400 block of Reynolds Street. They say Salter began choking him and that's when he "turned the tables on her," according to the prosecutor.
They say Goff choked Salter until she could no longer breathe. Salter's death was described as a murder with bare hands, no weapon -- just a level of rage.
Goff's attorney argued for a reasonable bond, saying Goff was not a threat and with local ties and limited funds, he wasn't a flight risk either.
They also say he does not have violent previous charges. Goff has two misdemeanor charges: one for possession of marijuana several years ago and another for obstruction of law enforcement last year.
Goff's attorney said there were no witnesses in this case so there would be no concern about witnesses being influenced before a trial.
News 12 spoke to Salter's family, who says they feel let down. They say the man accused of murdering their daughter could be out free Friday. Tiffany's mother also told News 12 their other daughter goes to school close to where Goff lives, which concerns them.