Murder Investigation

Independence County Sheriff

Independence County authorities are investigating the county’s second murder of the year.

27-year old Steven Reed, of Newport, was found shot to death at a house in Newark Monday morning.

Deputies responded to the report of one gunshot around 7:20am at a house on North Locust Street.

When they arrived, deputies found the body of Reed just inside the doorway to the home. Reed was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies arrested 33-year-old John M. Goodman, of Newark, who was still at the residence when authorities arrived.

Officials have charged Goodman with first-degree murder and set his bond at one million dollars.

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