Po­lice: Killings likely tied to drugs and gangs

The Herald Sun - - Front Page - BY VIR­GINIA BRIDGES vbridges@her­ald­sun.com

Law en­force­ment sus­pects two homi­cides, in­clud­ing one in which a man might have been fed to hogs, are tied to drugs and gang ac­tiv­ity.

A re­cently re­leased search warrant from Durham po­lice pro­vides more in­sight into the kid­nap­ping of Charles­ton Good­man, 26. Wit­nesses say Good­man was forced into a light­col­ored Honda Odyssey mini­van on Jan. 28.

Good­man’s mother told of­fi­cers that her son was head­ing to the store in his blue BMW when she heard him yell, “Momma help.”

“Charles­ton yelled for help mul­ti­ple times from out­side of their apart­ment from the di­rec­tion of his parked BMW” around 6:22 p.m., a search warrant says. His mother saw the van leav­ing.

Other wit­nesses said they saw four men fight­ing with Good­man, and then forc­ing him into the van.

An­other source told po­lice that Good­man had been killed, and a con­fi­den­tial in­for­mant said Good­man’s body is be­lieved to have been fed to hogs, ac­cord­ing to the warrant.

Po­lice learned that Good­man had been a mid­dle­man in the lo­cal drug trade.

Good­man and a drug dealer had a fall­ing out over money, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, and Good­man had bro­ken into the man’s apart­ment and stole two bricks of co­caine.

Sur­veil­lance video seen by the man showed Good­man break­ing into the apart­ment and putting

the bricks down his pants, the warrant states.

In re­sponse, the “word on the street” is that the man had Good­man kid­napped, the in­for­mant told law en­force­ment.

One of the men iden­ti­fied in the warrant as be­ing present for Good­man’s kid­nap­ping and a sec­ond man who was men­tioned in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion were also named as peo­ple of in­ter­est in search war­rants seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the fa­tal shoot­ing of James Docher, 35, of Durham.

Deputies with the Durham County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded Nov. 16, 2017, to a shoot­ing call at 4:30 a.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of Den­ver Av­enue and Hoyle Street.

Deputies found Docher in a ve­hi­cle with a gun­shot wound to the head. He was taken to the hos­pi­tal, where he later died.

Search war­rants in that case say Docher was a known drug dealer and de­scribed two of the peo­ple men­tioned in the Good­man case as close as­so­ci­ates, point­ing to so­cial me­dia posts.

In Fe­bru­ary, one of the men was charged with drugs and weapons charges af­ter a search of his apart­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to fed­eral court doc­u­ments, a spe­cial agent with the FBI tes­ti­fied at the man’s hear­ing that an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into gang ac­tiv­i­ties of the Eight Trey Gang­ster Crips led to the ar­rest of the man, an ac­tive mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Durham Po­lice De­part­ment

Charles­ton Good­man

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