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Man accused of robberies, shooting pleads not guilty

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By Amber Coulter

A Cecilia man indicted on 12 felony charges, including the shooting of a man in Meade County and connected to a series of robberies, was arraigned Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.

Steven C. Goodman, 21, appeared in Circuit Judge Ken Howard’s courtroom, where he was granted the ability to continue being represented by a public defender and pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking more than $500, theft by unlawful taking firearm, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, second-degree persistent felony offense, two counts of first-degree robbery and five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Goodman was arrested two days following a chain of events Oct. 27 that started at Carolyn’s Corner Store on Big Spring Road in Meade County, according to Kentucky State Police.

After attempting to rob the store, Goodman proceeded to two residences across the street in Hardin County, police said.

At one of those residences, investigators said Goodman shot homeowner Jason Matz during a struggle. He then went to a second residence and stole the owner’s vehicle, police said.

In his interview with police, Goodman denied all allegations, Kentucky State Police Detective Jonathan Vaughn said during a November hearing in Hardin District Court.

In addition to charges in Hardin County, Goodman also is charged with first-degree robbery and kidnapping an adult in Meade County. Court records show he was arraigned on those charges last Wednesday in Meade District Court.

According to police, Goodman was charged in the robberies after investigators located the stolen vehicle and the Meade County store owner identified him.

Goodman remains lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.