Probable cause found in teen beating death

By DeeAnna Haney | Feb 05, 2013
Andrew Griffin Godbee III

During a hearing in Haywood County district court last week, Judge Donna Forga found probable cause for the arrest of Andrew Griffin Godbee III in the beating death of 19-year-old David Meadows Jan. 15.

The ruling came after the court heard testimony from Meadows’ young widow, Haywood County Medical Examiner Gary Wooten and an EMS worker who was on the scene the night of the murder.

Godbee is accused of beating Meadows in the driveway of Casey May's home at 58 Remington Fork Dr. in Waynesville.

Meadows’ widow said she witnessed Godbee punch Meadows in the face, pick him up by the waist, and “slammed him down” on the driveway.

She said he was struggling for breath when Casey May called 9-1-1, telling the dispatcher that Meadows hurt himself in a fall. According to a search warrant on file at the Haywood County Justice Center, Godbee attempted to give Meadows CPR before fleeing the scene on foot.

Meadows was pronounced dead at Med-West Haywood, where it was determined that he had suffered from a broken neck, according to warrants.

Godbee was arrested and charged with second degree murder the next day after he was found hiding at May's residence.

According to the search warrant, "The investigation so far has suggested that Godbee may have lured the victim to him at Casey May's residence in order to assault him because of a conflict over a previous drug transaction."

Despite a motion by Godbee’s attorney, Nathan Earwood, to reduce his bond, Forga ruled his bond remain at $850,000 secured.

The case will now move on to be heard by a Haywood County Grand Jury.

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