Body found in J.C.

By Abby Morris

Star Staff

   JOHNSON CITY -- A Johnson City man was arrested over the weekend and charged in connection with the murder of a woman whose body was found in the basement of his mother's residence.
   Glenn Isaac Goins, 22, 420 W. Poplar St., has been charged with first degree murder and felony murder in the death of a woman who has yet to be identified by officials with the Johnson City Police Bureau. According to JCPB Capt. Trent Harris, officers are withholding the woman's name pending a positive identification of the body. "We have information about the identity and at this time we are 95 percent positive of the identity of the victim," Harris stated.
   Investigators are currently waiting on fingerprint information from another jurisdiction that should be able to help them confirm the identity of the victim.
   According to police reports, Betty Goins, Glenn Goins' mother, notified authorities around 10 a.m. on Jan. 2 after she discovered the body of the woman in the basement of her residence at 420 W. Poplar St. The woman's hands had been bound and she was wrapped in plasitic.
   According to Harris, the woman's body had been in the house for approximately 36 hours at the time it was discovered. Investigators are placing the woman's time of death "somewhere in the neighborhood of New Years Eve," Harris said.
   Betty Goins gave investigating officers a description of her son and the vehicle which he was driving. At that time, officers placed a bulletin with neighboring states to be on the look out due to the fact that he was wanted for questioning in relation to the discovery of the body.
   Goins was located in Hamilton County, Tenn. near Chattanooga by officers with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department in the early morning hours on Sunday. He was arrested there on an outstanding violation of parole warrant. He was later transported to the Washington County Detention Center and has since been charged with murder in connection with the incident in Johnson City.
   According to Harris, investigators are not sure at this time what the motive of the crime was. "To the best of our knowledge it was a chance meeting that he facilitated," he said.
   No cause of death has been determined at this time. The body has been sent to the Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy.
   According to Harris and JCPB Chief John Lowry, after his arrest, Goins confessed to investigators that he had killed the woman. Police also report that Goins informed officers that he was involved in other murders in the area which are still under investigation. "As it stands right now we have to make sure we can corroborate the statements he has given us and make sure it is not just facts that someone could know by reading a newspaper," Harris said.
   According to District Attorney General Joe Crumley, Goins, who had served time with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, has a violent criminal record including convictions for two counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault, escape and theft of a vehicle over $10,000.