Justin Goodwin

PROVO — A man who allegedly accosted his estranged wife with a gun will remain in jail on $50,000 cash-only bail until his trial in April.

Justin Goodwin, 29, is charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and child abuse and neglect — serious enough charges that Judge Samuel McVey decided not to lower the bail.

"The court heard the preliminary (hearing) on this matter and had some concerns about his mental well-being," McVey said Monday afternoon. "I'd sure hate to see something snap (and him) go off the deep end again."

Goodwin's estranged wife testified in court that she awoke on Dec. 22 to find that her husband had entered uninvited into her home and bedroom and was yelling at her for not answering her phone.

The fight escalated to the point that he pulled out a gun and a phone and told her to tell the 911 dispatchers that he was going to kill his family, wife Daniela Goodwin said.

Goodwin's mood eventually changed to sadness and he gave the gun to his wife, then passed out on the bed, according to a police report.

However, Daniela Goodwin didn't call police that night and only called police days later after they had another argument over their 2 1/2-year-old son.

Goodwin was originally scheduled to go to trial this week, but a change of attorney and the inability to get a preliminary hearing transcript quickly caused the delay.

Prosecutor Doug Finch said normally he's OK with lowering the bail to $9,999 cash-only to allow someone to work in the kitchen or jail industries, but not in this case.

Defense attorney Rhome Zabriskie told the court his client didn't have the means to bail out if the amount was higher than $100.

McVey left the bail the same and set the trial for April 8, 9 and 10.

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