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Bond reduced on murder suspect awaiting trial
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Bond was reduced by $200,000 on a murder suspect awaiting trail for the shooting death of Deterell Esque Jackson in front of his Alston Ridge mobile home in January 2007.
Eddie Kodnell Goodwin, whose trial for his alleged involvement in the murder was supposed to begin in April, had his bond reduced from $500,000 to $300,000, according to court papers filed in public record.
Goodwin's attorney Stephen Yekel filed a motion for a bond reduction hearing May 29 and Liberty County Superior Court Judge Robert Russell decided the matter at the June 16 bond hearing.
Goodwin entered a plea of not guilty on one count of murder, one count felony murder, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of aggravated assault Dec. 10.
A second defendant, Rajiv Robert Laurent, originally pleaded not guilty to murder that same day. But Laurent returned to court March 17 and pleaded guilty.
In the plea agreement, Laurent will not be prosecuted for murder and one of the aggravated assault charges. He is likely to serve a maximum of five years in prison. As a special condition of his plea agreement, he is set to testify against Goodwin and has been ordred to cooperate at trial, help HPD with the investigation, and assist in locating witnesses.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin April 15, but the case was continued until further notice. While the court documents do not specify an exact reason the continuance, a note on one of the case documents claimed the trial was being held up by a witnesses' refusal to waive extradition to attend the trial.
Jackson was 19 when he was found with multiple gunshot wounds in front of lot 68 at the Alston Ridge Mobile Home Park in Hinesville. His body was discovered by Hinesville Police Department officers who responded to a call of shots fired in the area Jan. 16, 2007, about 6 p.m.
Jackson, who was on break from Savannah Technical College where he was studying to become a barber, reportedly was found in possession of an automatic weapon, according to an officer who checked him for identification.
According to witnesses, two men wearing white shirts were seen fleeing the area. During the initial investigation, HPD Det. Maj. Thomas Cribbs told the Courier he thought the young man's death was due to a confrontation that led to "some gun play."
A grand jury indicted Goodwin in September.

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