Man accused of killing Lumberton police officer won't face death penalty

Marques Brown

Robeson County Senior Superior Court Judge Robert F. Floyd, Jr. ruled this week during a mental competency hearing that Marques Brown, who is charged with first degree murder in the 2012 death of a Lumberton police officer, will not face the death penalty, according to court officials.

Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt said Brown will stand trial Feb. 19.

Britt told ABC 15 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.

Brown was assigned as a resource officer at Lumberton High School and also worked in the gang unit.

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