Jul 21, 2008 6:41 pm US/Eastern
Dr. Charged With Conspiracy In Unsolved MurderWOBURN (WBZ) ― Charges were filed Monday relating to a 15-year-old unsolved murder. Dr. Linda Goudey was strangled in 1993 and her killer has never been caught. Now her former boyfriend is being charged with convincing others to lie about the case.
Dr. Timothy Stryker, 56 of Winchester, was arrested outside his Stoneham office Monday morning. A Middlesex County Grand Jury indicted him on a dozen charges, including subornation of perjury, conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury, and misleading a police officer.
Bail was set at $100,000 after Stryker pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Middlesex Superior Court. His attorney, Kevin Mahoney, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.
One of Stryker's patients, 44-year-old Richard Chambers, is under indictment for similar charges. He's being held on $50,000 bail.
On Monday, prosecutors charged that Stryker and Chambers persuaded another man to lie about who he saw with Goudey around the time she was last seen alive. Goudey, 42, was last seen Sept. 30, 1993, at New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham. Her body was found on Oct. 4, covered in a blanket in her Saab in the hospital's parking lot. She had been strangled.
In a motion for a new trial filed after the civil judgment, Stryker submitted a sworn affidavit from Craig Pizzano, who claimed he saw a woman in the early morning hours of Oct. 1, 1993, in a Saab in the parking lot of the hospital having a sexual encounter with a man who resembled former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who is tall with light blonde hair. Pizzano said the man said did not look like Stryker, a slight man with dark hair.
Pizzano later recanted his story and testified to the grand jury that he lied as part of a scheme that was concocted and orchestrated by Stryker and Chambers.
"We allege that Tim Stryker and Richard Chambers formed an agreement to deceive, and then sought out a potential witness to lie and swear to a false alibi," said Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
Leone, who investigated Goudey's killing in the 1990s as an assistant district attorney, said Chambers told Pizzano that Stryker would pay each of them $50,000 to $100,000 to help carry out the scheme, if he was successful in overturning the civil judgment.
"I think it's obvious that his primary intention is to get out from under a multi-million-dollar judgment, and two, to get out from under the stigma that attaches to someone who has been found by a jury to have caused the death of Linda Goudey," Leone said in a telephone interview.
In his affidavit, Pizzano said the woman he saw in the parking lot of the hospital started to get out of the car, but the man grabbed her and pulled her back inside. He said he then heard the couple arguing.
"Some days later, I read about the body of a woman doctor being found in the back seat of a Saab in that lot. Not wanting to get involved, I told no one I had been there that night or early morning and what I had seen and heard," Pizzano said in his affidavit.
Pizzano claimed that after reading about the civil judgment against Stryker in June 2006, he saw Stryker's photo and "it was not the man I saw in the Saab that night."
Michael Altman, a lawyer who represented Goudey's mother, Marguerite Rafuse, in the civil case, called Pizzano's claim "an outrageous lie" and said the family was pleased Stryker has been indicted.
"We're hoping, looking forward, that this is one more piece of evidence which will lead to a decision by the district attorney to indict Stryker for first-degree murder," Altman said.
During the civil trial, Goudey's mother testified that the two doctors had been having arguments in the days before Goudey was found dead.
Stryker's lawyer in the civil case, Martin Leppo, said Stryker has always maintained his innocence.
"Everything that they investigated -- from every possible angle, from every witness -- cleared Stryker," he said.
Prosecutors say Stryker has been a suspect in Goudey's murder from the beginning, and remains so. He has never been charged in her death.
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Dr. Linda Goudey was found murdered in her car in 1993.
Investigators look over Dr. Goudey's car in the parking lot of Stoneham Hospital. (1993)