Woman arrested in connection to H.S. student's muder, Man wanted - WKRN News 2

Woman arrested in connection to H.S. student's murder, Man wanted

Posted: Updated: May 3, 2013 5:41 PM
Nicholas Goodner Nicholas Goodner
Quantrese Upkins Quantrese Upkins
Eric Goodner Eric Goodner
Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed on the morning of April 11. Johnathan Johnson was shot and killed on the morning of April 11.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police arrested a woman on Friday in connection to the shooting death of a Pearl Cohn High School student and are searching for a male suspect.

Quantrese Upkins was taken into custody for harboring 17-year-old accused murder suspect Eric Goodner at an east Nashville apartment complex.

Goodner was wanted by police for gunning down a 17-year-old high school student moments after he left his home for the bus stop on the morning of April 11.

Goodner was taken into police custody on Wednesday at the Village Place complex. Authorities said the teen had been staying at the complex since at least April 27.

Police said Upkins, 31, is the leaseholder of the unit. She reported to police that her boyfriend, Nicholas Goodner, asked if his cousin Eric could stay with them at the apartment.  

"It is the police department's view that these two persons contributed to fear and concern in the community by allegedly assisting Eric Goodner avoid capture," Chief Steve Anderson said.

He continued, "At a time when police officers and citizens throughout Nashville were on the lookout for Goodner, it appears these two persons were helping him despite intense publicity about his fugitive status. We believe they, too, should be held accountable."

Upkins is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Police are continuing to search for Nicholas Gooder.

Eric Goodner made his first court appearance on Friday afternoon.

He appeared unaffected by the proceedings, even smiling at other detainees in the courtroom.

The detention hearing, similar to a preliminary hearing, was scheduled to determine if Goodner should remain in custody.

Prosecutors only need one charge in order to detain him and decided not to mention the homicide to argue their case.

A complaint filed by Department of Children's Services revealed Goodner violated probation on a previous conviction.

In December 2012, Goodner was released to DCS aftercare, which required caseworker visits, drug screenings, school attendance and notifications of any changes to address or school.

His caseworker told the judge that he stopped visiting in February and failed to comply with the other requirements.

A judge then ruled the violation was enough to keep him behind bars.

Before being lead out of the courtroom, Goodner turned to the gallery where his mother sat on one side and Johnson's family sat on the other, and he said, "I love you, Mom."

Previous Stories:

  • May 1, 2013: Accused bus stop shooter may have eluded police dressed as woman
  • May 1, 2013: Teen wanted in fatal shooting near bus stop captured
  • April 16, 2013: Police ask for public's help in locating teen murder suspect
  • April 15, 2013: Concerned citizen posts $500 reward for arrest of murder suspect
  • April 12, 2013: Search intensifies for gunman accused of killing student
  • April 11, 2013: Pearl Cohn H.S. shooting victim dies, Suspect at large
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