Man charged in Clearwater slaying

Friday, April 29, 2011 11:37 AM
Last updated 11:57 AM
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The Aiken County Sheriffs Office has arrested Michael Henderson, 38, 598 Kershaw Drive, North Augusta in connection with Thursday's slaying of Howard Goode, 72, 450 Cherokee Drive, Clearwater.

According to a news release, police said Goode's body was located by a caregiver in his residence about 12:45 p.m.

Investigators were able to obtain evidence and conduct interviews at the scene, which identified Michael Henderson as the person responsible for the crime. Henderson has worked for the victim in the past as a yardman.

The motive in this case is believed to be a robbery and the official cause of death is still pending, the Sheriff's Office said.Aiken County authorities have made charges in the Clearwater homicide of 72-year-old Howard Goode.

A caretaker discovered Goode's body in his home on the 400 block of Cherokee Drive at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

Investigators were able to link evidence discovered at the scene to Michael Lamonte Henderson, who had been arrested hours earlier for armed robbery, according to a news release.
Authorities said Henderson, 38, of the 500 block of Kershaw Drive in North Augusta, entered the Ashley Motel at 4875 Jefferson Davis Highway around 3 a.m. Thursday, presented two guns and demanded money. During the robbery, Henderson told the clerk he had already killed one person, police said.
Officers located Henderson sitting in a chair outside the motel. During a pat down, officers discovered two guns, a bottle of gin, drug paraphernalia and a bag of marijuana, an incident report said.
Authorities later connected Henderson to Goode's murder. The suspect had worked for Goode in the past as a yardman, police said.
At this time the motive is believed to be robbery. The cause of death is still pending, police said.
Henderson has been charged with armed robbery, disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, malicious injury to real property, murder, burglary and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
He is currently being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.

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dougk 04/29/11 - 01:35 pm
Robs the motel...and then has

Robs the motel...and then has a seat outside and waits until Aiken County comes to arrest him? Is that for real?
Terrible crime....condolences to Mr. Goode's family.

BabyMackey 05/01/11 - 03:55 am
Howard Goode is my father's

Howard Goode is my father's (Walter Mackey) nephew. Howard's mother -- is my Aunt Mattie. I am Howard's first cousin. I am one of the Ministers in our family. However, I am the one that Howard spoke of -- that lives in Louisiana. At the last family union--at the Park, I did the prayer. I am very sad. I cannot sleep/eat. Most of all -- I desire to be clear in my mind, heart & soul that all perpetrators of this senseless crime against my cousin in whom I wholeheartedly love and already miss -- has been "justifiably" arrested. I am crying (human) and praying (minister). I have asked myself, as the info continues to unfold: Is there a likelihood of an assailant -- owing to an alleged comment that was posted? From my bleeding heart, I ask - that if anyone has additional info, please notify the proper authorities or you can remain anonymous! To my family--endeavor to be strong, but most of all -- be encourage that God will extend his loving hands and wipe away our tears. The bible says, joy cometh in the morning. Our family is built to endure hardships. We know what agape - love is. In spite of life difficulties -- we are a family in spiritual tune with forgiveness. We will make it through the tragic loss of Howard--in who served as a loving father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend -- to us. As always, I yet sign off: I love you Cousin Howard --Hugs & Kisses from my heart to your heart.

BabyMackey 05/01/11 - 04:13 am
To My Family: For Howard to

To My Family:

For Howard to have lived in hearts -- Howard has left behind

Is not to die.

In essence, Howard yet lives!

In all of our hearts.

Howard -- Is not to die

Hugs & Kisses

BabyMackey 05/01/11 - 10:43 am
To: The City/State of

To: The City/State of Carolina - All Clearwater and Surrounding Areas

From: The State of Louisiana, Georgia & Florida - Partial relatives
speak ie. the death of Mr. Howard Goode

Re: Mr. Howard Goode - Demise

Anything will give up its secrets

If you love it enough.

Author: George Washington Carver

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office: (800) 922-9709. Individuals also should call Crimestoppers of the Midlands: (888) CRIME – SC. Callers can remain "anonymous" and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1000.

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