CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A man accused in a double murder on Charleston’s West Side pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday morning.
Marquis Goodman, 22, of Detroit, was indicted just lately on two counts of first diploma homicide within the October 2021 deaths of Kytiana Belcher, 22, and Bria White, 26, each of Charleston.
Kanawha County Circuit Judge Kenneth Ballard set Goodman’s trial for Aug. 16.
Belcher and White have been shot to demise Oct. 8, 2021. White’s physique was discovered on Hunt Avenue. She had been shot a number of instances. Belcher’s physique was discovered a couple of hours later in between homes on Grant Street. She additionally suffered a number of gunshot wounds, police stated.
A Charleston police detective testified throughout a January preliminary listening to that Goodman had beforehand confessed to the crimes. Goodman, in response to the detective, had alleged White had set him as much as be robbed so he shot her. He stated Belcher was a witness so he shot her. Goodman’s lawyer countered that his consumer was appearing in self-defense.
Goodman was arrested in Detroit six days following the shootings. He’s now within the South Central Regional Jail with out bail awaiting his trial.