Shotgun blast in back killed Godwin

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

While the investigation into the death of Charles Ronald Godwin, 60, continues, a recently released autopsy report reveals that he died from a fatal gunshot wound to the back.

In August of 2012, Godwin’s body was found at his residence at 3630 Holly School Road in the Marshville-New Salem area near Olive Branch Road.

During the morning of the day Godwin’s body was found, coworkers of his at Austin Grading Company, became concerned when he didn’t show up for work and contacted his family. Godwin’s body was later found at the residence.

At the time of his death specific details about how he died were not released and Godwin’s death was the sixth homicide that had been reported in the Marshville area in two months.

“It’s our belief at this point that the evidence at the scene suggests there was one gun shot wound and that would be a shotgun blast,” Lt. David Linto of the Union County Sheriff’s Office said.

Godwin’s death is still under investigation, Linto said.

An autopsy report confirms that Godwin died from a shotgun wound to the back as well as describes

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additional conditions of Godwin’s body after his death, which includes multiple shotgun pellet entry wounds.

The entry wounds the report describes are likely from buckshot that spread out after the shotgun blast, Linto said.

According to an obituary notice for Godwin, he worked as a grading operator with Austin Grading Company and was the owner of Gourdvine Creek Outfitters and the former owner of Godwin Logging Company.