Police did not immediately indict Goff, as they wanted to make sure he was not making up his involvement with the case that had gone cold years prior. Soon, though, he started divulging details that were in the sealed filed, and police knew they had enough information to indict him.
Rickel said that Goff has been calling him up to five times per day from jail since Monday. He said Goff has apologized to him, and said that he loves him and Rickel's family, and that he's sorry that he has let him down. Rickel said he has not discussed his motivation for the crime.
"It's a sad case," Rickel said. "Here's a man who did something as a juvenile, and it ate at him for over 20 years, and he couldn't take it anymore and turned himself in ... He has suffered, and he finally came to grips and turned himself in."
Goff, who was 18 at the time Hart was killed, now faces one count of murder and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He has been lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $1 million cash bail.
At a court appearance Tuesday, Goff surprised the court by confessing, saying "I did the crime." Judge Michael Donio told Goff that he had to wait until being indicted by a grand jury before he could enter a plea.