Shooting, robbery suspect indicted

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Goodman arrested after incidents in Big Spring

By Sarah Bennett

A Cecilia man arrested in October in connection to a series of robberies near the Meade-Hardin county line was indicted this month in Hardin Circuit Court, where he faces 12 felony charges.

Steven C. Goodman, 21, was indicted on 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.

An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. A defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

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, 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 Wednesday in Meade District Court.

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

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

He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 22 in Hardin Circuit Court.

Goodman is serving nine years for probation violations in a 2011 felony case for complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine.

At the time of the events at and near Carolyn’s Corner Store, Goodman was on active probation, and in November, he pleaded guilty to absconding supervision.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.