Woman charged with April 1 murder appears in court

Cindy Goodwin

GOSHEN – An Elkhart woman suspected of an Easter day fatal shooting of a man northeast of the city faced her charges for the first time in court Thursday.

Cindy Goodwin, 50, is charged with killing 50-year-old Johnny Mullins at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Visscher Drive on April 1. His body was found in a wooded area just north of the apartments on April 2 and Goodwin was arrested for his murder days later.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Christofeno entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf Thursday and appointed a public defender for her. He set her trial for Aug. 6 and told her that if convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison.

Goodwin, who was also a resident of the apartment complex, is being held in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility without bond.

Authorities were lead to Goodwin as a suspect after she was identified by numerous witnesses, county Prosecutor Vicki Becker said in announcing the arrest. But court documents that would give further details on the murder or her arrest have been sealed at Becker's request.

Becker wrote in her filing with the court that the affidavit of probable cause for arrest "contains sensitive investigative materials and information that are likely to damage the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation." She also wrote that making the document public would pose a significant risk of harm to a witness it describes, and that prohibiting access would serve the public interest.

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