Suspects in Goshen shooting don’t have violent criminal records
Posted: 03/23/2012 at 8:00 am
By: Truth Staff
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According to a police report the disturbance that resulted in one death and three injuries started at this apartment house at 622 River Ave. in Goshen shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012. Authorities arrested four people later at the Linway Plaza parking lot. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Officers were called to 622 River Ave. shortly after 11 p.m. after receiving a report of a large group fighting, according to a press release from the Goshen Police Department. One police officer heard gunfire on his way to the area.
When officers arrived, they found a woman who had been battered. She was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment. Police said they were told some people involved in the fight left in a red truck, which police stopped near the intersection of Indiana and Lincoln avenues.
Police found John E. Staub, 26, of 502 E. Jefferson St., Goshen, dead from a gunshot wound in the truck. They also found James M. Staub, 28, injured from broken glass, according to police.
Police began finding other people in the area with gunshot wounds, including 29-year-old David Paul Goble, who had a wound to the leg.
James Staub and Goble were taken to Goshen hospital for treatment.
Police also stopped a vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident with four adults and one juvenile in the parking lot of Linway Plaza.
• Daniel Leon Heflin, 21, of 415 Noble Court, Goshen, on preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder;
• William Anthony Terry, 24, of 622 River Ave., Apt. A, Goshen, on a preliminary charge of conspiracy to commit murder;
• Elisa S. Horton, 22, of 415 Noble Court, Goshen, on preliminary charges of assisting a criminal and obstruction of justice; and
• Dustin Patrick Lee Saylor, 22, of 410 Noble Court, Goshen, on a preliminary charge of obstruction of justice, according to police.
They are each being held without bond. The case remains under investigation by the Goshen Police Department.
Of those arrested, Heflin’s had the most contact with the justice system, though never anything violent.
Heflin was born in South Haven, Mich., July 23, 1990. He went through the 11th grade and then got his GED, according to a plea agreement he filed two years ago when he admitted to two burglaries from late 2009.
He got community corrections and probation in that case and started a job at Kinro last year, according to paperwork filed in that case.
While that case was pending, his mother, Sherry Heflin, wrote to the judge, saying her son sometimes has problems understanding people.
Prosecutors charged him with another burglary in 2010, but they dismissed that charge later that year. The rest of Heflin’s adult criminal history consists of driving violations, according to court documents.
Terry has never faced a criminal charge in Elkhart County, and Horton has a couple of misdemeanor charges pending accusing her of criminal conversion. She posted bond on that charge March 12, according to court records.
Saylor was charged in 2010 with driving without a license, but prosecutors dismissed that case after he went through the prosecutor’s pre-trial diversion program.
John Staub also had brushes with the law — mostly controlled substance and driving issues — before his death late Thursday, according to court records.
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