Mother, son hear charges in plot to kill son's wife

Thursday, November 29, 2001

Daily Dunklin Democrat

KENNETT, Mo. -- A mother and son charged in a murder-for-hire plot made their first court appearance Tuesday in Dunklin County Circuit Court.

Shirley Kay Goodman, 48, and her son, David Goodman, 20, of rural Malden, Mo., are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

The Goodmans are accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill David Goodman's wife, Christina.

Authorities said Goodman had asked a friend for help in finding a hit man to kill his wife. That person contacted authorities who arranged for him to introduce an undercover police officer as a prospective hit man.

The undercover officer agreed to kill Goodman's wife for a 1983 Buick Regal valued at $300 and $100 in cash.

His mother had agreed to provide money to pay the hit-man.

Goodman was arrested Thanksgiving Day; his mother was arrested the following day.

David Goodman appeared before Judge Dan Crawford with an attorney. He waived formal arraignment on the charge and is to return to court Dec. 18. Goodman was denied a bond reduction.

His mother was also arraigned and is to return to court with an attorney Dec. 11.

Both are being held in the Dunklin County Jail in lieu of bonds of $250,000.

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