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Stab wounds are found on body after shooting



Published: Tue, January 8, 2008 @ 2:00 a.m.

By LAURE CIOFFI

VINDICATOR PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU

SHARON, Pa. — Multiple stab wounds were found during an autopsy of a Sherman Avenue woman who was originally believed to have only been shot early Friday morning.

Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster said authorities do not believe any of the stab wounds were fatal, with the deepest at 3 inches.

Charlene Hawkins, 37, died at 2:37 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, after she was found bleeding heavily in the bedroom of an apartment at 809 Spearman Ave. in Sharon. The autopsy was conducted Saturday by the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office.

Mozelle Goudy Sr., 59, is charged with homicide and is being held without bail in the Mercer County Jail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at District Magistrate James McMahon’s office in Sharon.

According to court papers, Hawkins was shot in the right thigh. Menster said authorities believe she bled to death after the bullet hit the femoral artery. He said it’s unclear whether the stab wounds occurred before or after the shooting.

Goudy has told police he doesn’t remember anything of the shooting or even Hawkins’ being in his home. Court papers state that Goudy told police he had started drinking vodka at 11 a.m. Thursday and was working on a second bottle when they arrived.

A neighbor called police after hearing loud arguing and then a gunshot just after midnight. The neighbor told police he went to Goudy’s home after hearing the man call out to someone named Carla and say: “Call the police. She tried to get me.”

The neighbor saw Goudy holding a rifle and he continued to say “she tried to get me.”

Police said Goudy lowered his weapon when they arrived and later told them he had no recollection of anyone in his apartment. He told police that he acquired the rifle a few years ago from “some young blood” in Hubbard for $65.

Police said Goudy and Hawkins were acquainted, and in court papers police stated he referred to her as “his baby.”


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