Suffolk man jailed in murder

Published 9:45 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A 20-year-old Suffolk man remained in the Hampton City Jail on Tuesday, charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Deshawn Travis Goodwin-Godfrey, of the 400 block of Spruce Street, was arrested late Monday night, almost 24 hours after a shooting at a home in Hampton claimed the life of a 28-year-old Newport News man.

Hampton police received several 911 calls notifying them that a man had been shot just after midnight on Sunday outside a home on Mitchell Road in Hampton, according to Cpl. Allison QuiƱones, spokesperson for the police department.

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An investigation revealed that several people were in the backyard of the home, when they got into a physical altercation. At some point during the fight, police contend, Goodwin-Godfrey pulled out a handgun and shot the victim.

The victim, Julius Omar Bartley of Newport News, was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:01 a.m. Sunday.