Fam­ily: Man killed girl­friend’s son while play­ing ‘zom­bies’

Ledger-Enquirer - - Obituaries & News -

The fam­ily of a 6-yearold boy says he was shot and killed by his mother’s boyfriend in north­east­ern Ge­or­gia while they were play­ing “zom­bies.”

Laura Stamey told WRDW-TV that her grand­son Ry­der was play­ing with her daugh­ter’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Ben­jamin Good­son, when Good­son shot Ry­der. Rich­mond County Coro­ner Mark Bowen said the boy died Mon­day night at a home in Hephzibah, a town of about 4,000 peo­ple just south of Au­gusta.

Good­son was taken into cus­tody and charged with mur­der, child cru­elty and other of­fenses, the county sher­iff’s of­fice said. Ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest re­port, Good­son shot Ry­der in the chest with a shot­gun. The re­port said the gun didn’t fire at first, so he had to pull the ham­mer back and aim and shoot again. Al­co­hol may have been in­volved.

It’s un­clear if Good­son has a lawyer who could com­ment.

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