Man Charged In Economy Inn Mass Killings Waives Prelim; Bound Over For Trial:

By Kathee Baird
April 13, 2015

Scott A. Goodwin-Bey
Scott A. Goodwin-Bey

Springfield, Mo.-  A Springfield man charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection to a quadruple homicide at a Springfield motel late last year waived his right to a preliminary hearing today and has been bound over for trial.
Scott Goodwin-Bey, 47, is also facing four counts of armed criminal action.
On November 15th,  Springfield police discovered the bullet ridden bodies of 29 year-old Danielle Keyes, 44 year-old Lewis Green, 44, and 43 year-old Trevor Fantroy.  Christopher Freeman, who was clinging to life when the officers arrived, succumbed to his injuries a few days later.
A police informant, E.B., told investigators he was in room 149 at the Economy Inn when Goodwin-Bey shot the victims and he believes he would have been killed too if he had not bolted from the room.
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Court documents  say the four were shot because Goodwin-Bey believed they were “informing the police about his drug use,” according to a prosecutor’s request for an arrest warrant.
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Detective Chris Barb writes in the probable cause statement, “During the follow-up investigation, I along with other detectives conducted numerous interviews with possible witnesses and additional residents of the hotel where the homicides occurred. Several of these subjects identified a possible suspect as a black male who went by the nickname of “Auk”. Some of the subjects interviewed claimed to have seen Auk armed with a handgun at the Economy Inn the night before or morning of the reported homicides. I received information that the possible suspect identified as Auk drove a white Lincoln Town Car with nice rims or wheels.”
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courtesy KY3
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On November 28th Greene County deputies were dispatched to a Kum & Go in Fair Grove for a report of a subject matching Goodwin-Bey’s description in a white Lincoln  that was throwing numerous items from his vehicle into a trash can and was overheard making a comment about having killed his girlfriend. When cops got there, Goodwin-Bey was gone.
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Two days later Springfield Police officers were dispatched the Cenex convenience store located on W. Chestnut Expressway to check on a male subject who had been in the business with a handgun.  “The employees reported the involved male, who was later identified as Goodwin-Bey, had been at the business numerous times during the last two days. They each reported Goodwin-Bey would act strange and erratic while in the business and made no sense when he spoke.”  Prosecutors say an employee of the store took the gun from Goodwin-Bey when he “approached him with the gun in his hand in a non-threatening manner or grip.”  The gun, a Ruger P98DC 9mm which was stolen from Ozark, was turned over to authorities.
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Economy Inn victims 4
From top left–Freeman, Green, Fantroy and Keyes
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On December 9, 2014, that weapon and 13 spent shell casings from the crime scene were sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory to be examined. Two moths ago investigators received confirmation from the state crime lab that  “all thirteen spent shell casings located inside room #149 had been fired by the Ruger 9mm.”
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Goodwin-Bey, who has been in jail on a federal weapons violation since his arrest following a traffic stop on November 30th, has a lengthy criminal history.  In 1992 he was sentenced in St. Louis for possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting felony arrest.  In 1997 he was sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and in state court for unlawful use of a weapon. In 2008 he was again sentenced in federal court for unlawful possession/transport of a weapon.
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If convicted he could receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of probation or parole.
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He is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on Friday.
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