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Robert Hashagen Biography
Robert Hashagen III was convicted in February of the murder of his 94-year-old neighbor, Evelyn Goodall, in 2013.
Former Oklahoma County District Judge Tim Henderson sentenced him to life in prison in March.
But several weeks after sentencing, Henderson, 63, resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct by several anonymous women.
One of her accusers is one of the assistant district attorneys who worked to prosecute Hashagen, 58.
The conviction was overturned Monday due to the former judge’s alleged sexual misconduct, Fox 25 reported.
Henderson has admitted to having “sexual conduct” with a prosecutor until 2018 in a written statement, but has denied that the relationship influenced his rulings.
“My rulings were fair and supported by the evidence and facts presented by the attorneys,” he said last month, according to The Oklahoman.
Henderson has continued to deny that the s*xual interactions were abuse, claiming that the ‘consensual relationship included text messages, phone calls, emails and cards’ and’ s*xual conduct in my office, in his apartment and in hotel rooms secured and paid for by ‘her, according to the report.
However, Hashagen’s legal team had reportedly used the secret ‘s*xual relationship’ to give her client a new trial.
“The integrity of the judiciary … is highly in question here,” argued attorney James Lockard at an evidentiary hearing last month. “We cannot have faith that the verdict is fair.”
Defense attorney Ben Munda claims Henderson made “completely outrageous” decisions in the case in favor of the prosecution.
“ He thought it appropriate to leave evidence that we quarreled with our girlfriend on a school bus when we were 18 as relevant to whether we murdered an older stranger in our … 50’s, ” Munda said.
Investigators said Hashagen broke into Goodall’s home early in the morning on July 5, 2013 and assaulted her before searching her home.
The elderly woman was finally able to crawl to the phone to call 911.
‘Go Go. I’m dying, ” she told an emergency dispatcher. ‘Please send the police. Please, hurry up. I’m bleeding to death
A responding officer reported that Goodall was found “completely covered in blood from head to toe.” She was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries three days later.
Hashagen had previously been convicted of methamphetamine and firearms offenses and arrested for allegations of domestic abuse, records show.
DNA linked him to a crime scene near where he lived at the time. He also admitted to using methamphetamine at the time of the death row.
However, the defense argued that Goodall knew Hashagen and did not provide a description that matched him. He maintains his innocence.
Henderson presided over more than 100 jury trials before resigning from his position earlier this year. Many of his faults could now be undone.
The Oklahomas Court of Criminal Appeals already ordered a hearing on Henderson’s involvement with another prosecutor in a drug case last year.