Hearing set for January for man accused of killing Lumberton police officer
Lumberton, S.C. (WPDE) —
A hearing will be held on Jan. 10 to determine the mental competency of Marques Brown, 31, to stand trial for the murder of Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Goodson in July 2012, according to Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt.
Britt said Brown will stand trial Feb. 19. He told ABC15 News last August at least three of Brown's court appointed attorneys have withdrew from the case for different reasons, making it difficult to set a trial date.
Brown has been in jail held without bond since the shooting.
Police said Officer Goodson was off-duty when he spotted Brown, who was wanted by Lumberton police, at the Express Depo/Dairy Queen on Fayetteville Road.
Brown had warrants in Lumberton for failure to appear in court on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Officers said he also has warrants in Columbus County, N.C., for receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.
Goodson and another officer approached Brown's car and that's when Brown started firing from inside the vehicle, according to the Lumberton Police Department.
Goodson was hit more than once and died a couple hours later at a hospital.
The other officer was able to arrest Brown.
Police said Brown had a small child in a car seat in his vehicle when he shot and killed Goodson.
Goodson grew up in Robeson County and graduated from Dillon High School in 1998.
He worked with Lumberton Police for six years.
He was assigned as a resource officer at Lumberton High School and also worked in the gang unit.