BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 1/13/20 @ 12:25 a.m.
A man accused of beating another man to death with a metal pipe has been found guilty of first-degree murder.
The jury in the trial deliberated for several hours before reaching a guilty verdict with no recommendation of mercy.
Christopher Goodwin is charged in the death of Jonathan Brown. Officials say the violent attack happened last September in Boone County.
A sentencing date for Goodwin has not yet been announced.
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UPDATE 1/13/20 @ 7:30 a.m.
A jury is deliberating the fate of Christopher Goodwin, a man accused of beating another man to death with a metal pipe.
Goodwin is on trial for first-degree murder.
A Boone County court employee told WSAZ the state and defense rested their cases Friday and a jury began deliberation.
Keep checking our WSAZ app for any updates.
UPDATE 2/21/19 @ 9:45 p.m.
A man accused of beating a man to death with a metal pipe pleaded not guilty this week to first-degree murder.
Christopher Goodwin of Uneeda is accused of killing Jonathan Brown last September in Boone County. It happened in the Quinland area.
Investigators say Goodwin was originally charged with malicious wounding, but the charges were upgraded after Brown died in the hospital.
Goodwin was arraigned Tuesday when he pleaded not guilty.
ORIGINAL STORY 9/6/18
A man is charged with murder after an alleged beating in Boone County.
Christopher Goodwin, 35, of Uneeda, is now charged with first-degree murder. His original charges were for malicious wounding, but deputies say the charges were upgraded Thursday morning after the victim passed away.
Chief Deputy Chad Barker with the Boone County Sheriff's Department says the incident happened in Quinland on Sunday. It took place in the 200 block of Wildberry Drive.
Goodwin is accused of hitting the victim in the head with a large metal pipe.
The victim, Jonathan Brown, was taken to CAMC General. Deputies say he passed away Wednesday evening.
"This is a senseless act of violence that appears to be unprovoked," Barker said. "We have spent the last several days working to bring Goodwin to justice and hold him accountable for taking this young man's life."
Goodwin is in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He is awaiting arraignment in Boone County Magistrate Court.
Investigators say Goodwin has a prior history of violence. According to a criminal complaint from June of this year, he was charged with malicious wounding in connection with an alleged knife attack on his brother. It happened at a mobile home in the 4800 block of Pond Fork Road in Quinland, leaving the brother with a nearly 5-inch laceration over his left eye and cuts on his left forearm.
The victim was taken to CAMC General for his injuries.
According to the complaint, Goodwin told investigators he had taken drugs prior to the attack on his brother including Klonopin, methamphetamine and neurontin.