ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) – After 12 hours of deliberation, the jury failed to reach a verdict in the case against David Goldberg, the man accused of stabbing two people in a fit of road rage outside Westfield Montgomery Mall last fall.
According to court documents, Rachel Peterson and her boyfriend, Clifton Botts, were driving along the inner ring of the Westfield Montgomery Mall on Nov. 14, 2013. Peterson's mother and her young child were in the back seat. The family of four approached a four-way stop when court documents allege Goldberg, 25, blew a stop sign, cutting them off. Investigators say Peterson, who was behind the wheel, honked her horn at Goldberg, causing him to yell expletives out his window.
Feeling Goldberg’s actions were unwarranted, Peterson followed Goldberg, whose 1-year-old daughter was buckled in the back seat. At the next intersection, Peterson and Botts exited their car and approached Goldberg's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, but he sped off.
The couple walked back to their vehicle and drove to the nearby Sears parking lot. As the four walked toward the anchor department store, the sound of a revving engine could be heard. Peterson and Botts turned their heads and told police they saw Goldberg racing toward them. Goldberg, however, lost control and hit a parked four-door sedan.
Court documents allege Goldberg and Botts began exchanging words when the Potomac, Md. native yanked out a 5-inch knife, stabbing Botts in the upper back, left cheek and right bicep. While trying to break up the fight, Peterson reportedly got stabbed in the stomach, perforating her abdomen wall.
Prosecutors argued Goldberg is impulsive and out of control. The defense says Goldberg acted in self-defense. After a week-long trial and a day and a half of deliberations, the jury is clearly taking its time.
“The jury is taking their job very seriously,” said defense attorney Robert Bonsib. “There are a lot of counts in this case, and a lot of legal principles they need to apply to whatever facts they find.”
The jury returns for a third day of deliberations Wednesday morning.