June 10, 2003
Posted at: 4:42 p.m. CDT
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- Blytheville Police are investigating one of their own Tuesday, after a former city officer and current state prison guard was charged with murder.
Thirty-year-old Jeremy Goodson stands accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend's estranged husband, Marcus Dargan.
It's the first murder in Mississippi County this year and police say it's an especially difficult case since they used to work side-by-side with the suspect.
"I knew him personal as well as the rest of the officers here on the department," said Capt. Marvin Crawford of the Blytheville Police Department. "Jeremy was considered above average officer. This was a total shock to everyone here.
"To my knowledge he has never been involved in any type of criminal activity," Crawford added. "His conduct, his character have never been under question and this is really an eye opening experience for everyone."
Police say that Goodson was living with his girlfriend, Cheryl Dargan. When Dargan's estranged husband for the last two years showed up on Sunday morning, an argument ensued and Marcus Dargan was shot in the chest with a 12-guage shotgun.
"My understanding is that he was still breathing when medical personnel arrived and was transported," Crawford said. "It's my understanding he was pronounced dead at the hospital."
"I had talked to her husband a few times," said Catherine Jefferies, a neighbor of the victim. "We both see the same chiropractor. And he had told me on Thursday before this had happened that he and her were going to get back together. So, I had thought things were pretty peaceful there."
"Although we're law enforcement officers," Crawford said. "We're still human, we still suffer the emotional strains and stress of everyday life like everyone else."
Goodson remains in the Mississippi County Jail charged with second degree murder with bond set at $100,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 25.