Judge denies Goode’s request for bond reduction in hindering, tampering case
Lance Goode was at a New London homicide scene with the alleged killer last summer, but says he had no beef with anybody involved and has told police everything he knows.
Goode, 45, of New London, has been held in lieu of $50,000 since city police charged him last month with first-degree hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in connection with the Aug. 29, 2013 shooting death of Jesus “Gee” Pinero at Connecticut Avenue and Prest Street. He said during an appearance Wednesday in New London Superior Court that he told police everything he knew about the case in February after somebody mailed him an arrest warrant affidavit detailing the police’s case against the alleged shooter, 28-year-old Keith Ramel Delvalle.
“The cops said, fill in the blanks,” Goode said. “I told them who was there. I told them everything.”
Pinero, 29, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and extremities in what one judge who reviewed the case likened to “a Wild West shootout.” The affidavits detailing the charges against Goode, Delvalle and another alleged shooter, 33-year-old Lance J. Brown of Uncasville, remain sealed by the court at the request of State’s Attorney Michael L. Regan.
Goode’s attorney, Linda J. Sullivan, argued unsuccessfully for a bond reduction Wednesday. Sullivan said she is “a little concerned” that the New London Police, against whom Goode who has a civil rights lawsuit, did not conduct a fair and balanced investigation.
“This individual is not accused of shooting anyone, firing a gun or having a gun,” Sullivan said. “He happened to be at the scene when this thing occurred,” Sullivan said. “He fled the scene while bullets were being sprayed around. That’s understandable.”
Sullivan said Goode has been in New London his entire life, is married with children and didn’t leave the area even when he knew he was under investigation. She asked the judge to reduce his bond to $25,000 cash or surety, saying he cooperated “as best he could” when questioned by police.
She warned Goode, who stood at her side in tan prison scrubs, to stop talking about the case because his statements could be used against him.
Regan, the prosecutor, argued the bond should remain the same, citing Goode’s 11 prior felony convictions, one for failure to appear in court, along with three violation probation convictions and 11 misdemeanor convictions.
The judge left the bond at $50,000 cash and continued the case to June 30.
Goode, who claims in his civil lawsuit that a former city police officer planted drugs on him during one incident and that he was brutalized during another, has previously told The Day he was working and trying to keep a low profile when the Pinero shooting occurred.
Three days after the shooting, police pulled Goode over, charged him with reckless driving, seized a minivan belonging to Goode’s wife and questioned him in connection with the homicide.
His wife, Lillian, said Wednesday that her husband was driving Delvalle, the alleged shooter, to the store when the shooting occurred. Delvalle told Goode to pull over because he needed to speak to Pinero, and there was no indication of a problem, she said.
“Then he heard gunshots and ducked down,” she said. “Keith got into our vehicle and they drove off together. My husband didn’t see any problem. He doesn’t know who did the actual shooting. He just knows the people who are there.”
Delvalle, retrieved from New York City last month to face murder charges, will be notifying the court whether he wants a preliminary hearing at which the state would present evidence to prove probable cause exists to prosecute him.
City police in December charged Brown, the other defendant, with firing a gun at the scene after identifying him as a suspect through DNA taken from a handgun that was recovered at the scene. He allegedly shot at Delvalle.