McCrory ups reward in Godwin slaying

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

Investigators hope an extra $5,000 reward for information about an unsolved murder.

Family found Charles Ronald Godwin, 60, of 3630 Holly School Road in Marshville dead in his home on Aug. 30, 2012. An autopsy found Godwin had been shot in the back with a shotgun.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigations have chased leads and held interviews, but Godwin’s shooter is still at large.

This week, Gov. Pat McCrory approved a Governor’s Award of $5,000 to anyone with information that lead to an arrest in the case, said UCPS Sgt. Kevin James. That is in addition to the $1,000 award offered by Crimestoppers for successful tips.  

James and SBI Agent Brandon Blackman have explored all available leads, but their investigation has not gathered enough evidence to make an arrest.

“We feel like there’s somebody out there who knows something,” James said. “At the time of this happening, maybe they were afraid to say anything. But it’s coming up on a year now and we’re hoping someone will be ready to come forward and do the right thing.”

There is a special process to getting the Governor’s Award for a case, he said. Only certain cases are approved for the additional tip reward.

Godwin’s son, Brandon Godwin, said the year since his father’s death has been an absolute nightmare.

“I wake up every morning and have to remind myself that he’s really gone. It’s not just a bad dream,” Brandon said.

His father was born and raised in the Marshville community. His neighbors provide support to the family. Godwin’s church family still prays for the survivors.

But it hurts knowing that whomever shot his father is still free.

“They get to go live their life every day and I don’t get to do that,” Brandon said. “Whoever did it knew my dad and could come back for me and my family, so I’m always looking over my shoulder.”

And though a year has passed, Brandon still hopes a tip will bring his father’s killer to justice.

“It just scares you. You want to keep your family safe and finally find some closure to this, but you don’t know how,” he said. “I would just ask that if anyone knows something about it, please come forward. If anything, it would give the family some peace.”

Anyone with information about Godwin ‘s death or other incidents surrounding the case can contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office by calling 704-283-3789 or Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600. All tips are anonymous.