Deputies arrest homicide suspect
Detectives with the Haywood County Sheriff's Office have arrested the suspect who allegedly beat a local man to death.
Andrew Griffin Godbee III, 22, of Jake Drive, Canton, was charged Wednesday afternoon for the second degree murder of 19-year-old David Lamar Meadows.
Chief Deputy Larry Bryson with the Haywood County Sheriff's Office said emergency workers discovered the crime while responding to a 9-1-1 caller who said Meadows had injured himself after falling and was unconscious.
Law enforcement is not always dispatched to medical calls, but EMS workers immediately notified deputies when they realized an assault had taken place, Bryson said.
Meadows sustained traumatic injuries to his head and was taken to MedWest-Haywood with a faint pulse, where he died shortly after, Bryson said.
The assault occurred in the driveway of the home at 58 Remington Fork Road, Waynesville, in the Coleman Mountain area. The trailer is the home of an acquaintance of Godbee and Meadows.
According to an incident report at the sheriff's office, Godbee arrived at the residence on foot about 30 minutes before the assault. A person who lived in the home told detectives that Godbee had called Meadows and his wife and asked for a ride.
There were three or four people at the trailer at the time of the assault who claim they did not witness the beating and only heard "words being exchanged" before they saw Meadows lying in the driveway. Godbee fled the scene on foot after the assault, Bryson said.
After some investigation, a warrant was issued for Godbee's arrest around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies found and arrested him near the area where the crime occurred, Bryson said.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives have not yet discovered a motive for the assault. Bryson said there were no drugs, alcohol or weapons retrieved from the scene.
Preliminary results from the autopsy, which was performed at Bowman Grey Medical Center in Winston Salem Thursday, were not available as of press time.
Godbee is in custody at the Haywood County Detention Center under $850,000 secured bond.
He made his first appearance in district court Thursday and was appointed Roy Patton as his attorney. While being escorted back to the courthouse cell, he turned and said, "I love you," aloud to someone in the court room.
Gobee's probable cause hearing is scheduled for Jan. 30.