Todd Gooden (File)
WACO (July 25, 2012)—The McLennan County Grand Jury Wednesday declined to indict Mart ISD Superintendent Todd Gooden, who was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in March after the pickup truck in which he and his wife were riding was pulled over on Interstate 35.
“After reviewing the file, our office had serious doubts as to this defendant’s guilt,” McLennan County Chief Misdemeanor Division Prosecutor Joe Layman said in a press release Wednesday.
“The grand jury reviewed the evidence and determined the case should not be prosecuted,” he said.
No admissible blood-alcohol test was performed in the case, the district attorney’s office said in the press release.
Gooden’s wife Jeni, who is listed as a high school teacher on the district's website, was charged with public intoxication, but the charge has been dismissed, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The Mart ISD school board voted in April not to fire Todd Gooden, but decided instead to suspend him for 10 days without pay.
Gooden has been with Mart ISD since 1996 and became superintendent in 2007.