Police make arrest 14-year-old cold case

Monday, September 28, 2009 at 10:14pm
Staff reports

The name Joyce Goodner made headlines 14 years ago when her body was found badly beaten and set on fire in and abandoned house in northwest Nashville.

Metro Police cold case detectives said Monday they believe they have found the man responsible for her murder. James Murray Washington has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the case.

Washington, 47, is presently a state prison inmate who is serving a 15-year sentence for a 2006 second-degree murder conviction.

Goodner, who resided on 10th Avenue North at the time of her murder, was found dead by firefighters inside the building at 4520 Highway 12 at 11:50 a.m. on July 5, 1995.


2 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 9/29/09 at 6:29

Editors all sleeping?

Headline "Police make arrest 14-year-old cold case" Should be
"Police make arrest IN 14-year-old cold case"

First sentence "and set on fire in and abandoned house"
s/b "and set on fire in AN abandoned house"

By: girliegirl on 9/29/09 at 10:16

@Kosh... that's because they fired most of their staff last month....