A Watertown woman threatened her boyfriend with a small knife the day before she allegedly stabbed him to death with a butcher knife, according to testimony Wednesday in Jefferson County Court.
Krista M. Goley, 26, is on trial for allegedly killing Timothy C. Rolland, 21, by stabbing him in the chest Sept. 1, 2010, at their residence, 111 E. Lynde St., Apt. 3.
Throughout most of Tuesday and Wednesday, jurors watched a video of Goleys nearly 10-hour interview with city police Detective James A. Romano and then were read a written statement, signed by Goley, that was produced following the questioning. The jury also was read her testimony from grand jury proceedings in March.
Goleys statements have portrayed her as a victim of repeated physical abuse by Mr. Rolland, but also revealed that on at least two occasions, she invited him back into her life after being given opportunities to end the relationship. On one occasion, Mr. Rolland spent about 60 days in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for violating an order of protection Goley held against him and left jail with a bus ticket for his hometown of Flint, Mich.
According to Goleys grand jury testimony, she waited outside the PSB on the morning Mr. Rolland was to be released and later located him on Arsenal Street. She offered him a ride to the bus station and, after talking, the two renewed a physical relationship before Mr. Rolland left town that afternoon. On a second occasion, she paid for a bus ticket to have Mr. Rolland move back to Watertown, about two months before the alleged stabbing took place.
Goley, a Fort Drum soldier, said in her grand jury testimony that Mr. Rolland, a former soldier, continued to be abusive toward her and her 5-year-old son once he moved back in with them. On Oct. 31, 2010, she said, Mr. Rolland threw her against cabinets and she pulled a serrated steak knife on him.
I told him if he ever laid a hand on my son or me in a wrong way again, I would hurt him, she told the grand jury.
The next day, during another domestic dispute, Mr. Rolland suffered a fatal stab wound near his heart. Goley told Mr. Romano that she swung a butcher knife overhand at Mr. Rolland in an effort to keep him away from her, but told the grand jury that, while she did intentionally cause minor cuts to Mr. Rolland with the knife, the actual fatal wound was inflicted by his coming down on my arm when I was in a defensive position.
A third day of testimony will begin this morning.