A jury was selected on Tuesday and several witnesses took the stand in the cold case murder trial for 57-year-old Robert Hashagen. He was charged with first-degree murder in Oklahoma County for the 2013 death of his 94-year-old neighbor.
Two ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend testified in court that Hashagen was a violently abusive man. The judge told jurors the women’s testimonies were not to be considered evidence but information about Hashagen’s background.
Prosecutors said Hashagen’s alleged abusive behavior of pulling hair was important because the victim experienced the same attack.
From the time of his arrest in 2017 Hashagen has denied killing Evelyn Goodall.
She was brutally attacked in her northwest Oklahoma City home and died two days later from blunt force trauma and leads went cold.
The Oklahoma County District Attorney’s cold case detective found a new lead several years later. The lead pointed to Hashagen. Prosecutors said even his DNA was left at the victim's home.
Goodall's niece spoke to News 9 in 2018 as the family awaited Hashagen's trial.
“We felt relieved,” said Jane Calton, victim’s niece. “We really didn’t think they would ever you know solve it. He just never gave up. We really appreciated it.”
On the first day of Hashagen’s trial prosecutors alleged he attacked Goodall three years before her murder but was never caught. They said the similarities were eerily similar. The suspect broke into her home through the same window, Goodall was beaten, her hair was pulled, and the suspect attempted to cover up DNA evidence.
Even neighbors suspected Hashagen was involved in both attacks.
“I think he just found someone who was vulnerable, and he seen nothing was done,” said neighbor. “So, he did it again.”
Hashagen's attorneys said he did not kill his neighbor and has an alibi to prove his innocence. They said Hashagen will take the stand during his trial.