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Man thrown from hotel balcony

The victim and his brother-in-law apparently had been arguing all day before the incident.

By DEMORRIS A. LEE and ABBIE VANSICKLE, Times Staff Writers
Published September 13, 2007


CLEARWATER - A member of the U.S. Air Force was accused of trying to kill his brother-in-law by throwing him from a third-floor balcony early Wednesday at the Sea Stone Resort on Clearwater Beach.

Airman First Class William Donahue, 21, who lives at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, was charged with the attempted murder of Joshua Goodin, 25, of Tampa, Clearwater police said.

Goodin was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where he is listed in critical condition.

Donahue and Goodin were staying at the Sea Stone Resort on SGulfview Boulevard with family and friends.

"The two of them had several arguments throughout the day," said Elizabeth Daly-Watts, Clearwater's public safety spokesperson.

Donahue threw Goodin over the railing of a third-floor breezeway about 4:10 a.m., Daly-Watts said. Goodin landed on concrete. Alcohol was a factor in the incident, officials said.

Lt. Rachel Sherburne, a public affairs officer at Langley AFB said Donahue is assigned to the First Communications Squad, where his job is communications cable antennae system apprentice. Sherburne said he was on military leave at the time of the incident.

Donahue joined the Air Force on Nov. 1, 2006, and Langley was his first duty station.

No one answered the door at Joshua Goodin's home at 9301 N 19th St., a beige, one-story home just off Busch Boulevard.

In 1999 and 2000, Goodin was arrested on charges of grand theft, according to state records.