Grandmother reveals new details in case involving teen accused of father’s murder

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Search warrants obtained only by News 2 show new details in the case of a teen accused of murdering his father.

The remains of 57-year-old Michael Goff II were found in a duffel bag near Percy Priest Lake in September. Days later, his son, Micheal Goff III, was arrested and charged with murder. 

Mary Goff hasn’t spoken to her grandson since his arrest; she says she has essentially lost her son and her grandson.

“I love my grandson. I’m just sad to say that I think he needs a lot of counseling,” Mary Goff told News 2. “I would love to see him get help and get the treatment he needs because it’s just not normal.”

According to Metro Police, Goff III told them on May 27 that he and his father were riding in South Nashville, when Goff Jr. stopped the car, gave his son his watch, said “I love you,” and walked into a wooded area and never returned. 

However, after Goff, Jr. was found, Goff III was arrested.

Mary Goff said her grandson is a great athlete but he has a dark side. 

Search warrants show that investigators found three guns, a small metal suitcase and a total of six bags that Goff said he took from his dad’s storage unit. The documents also reveal that Goff searched on his cell for how to obtain, make and where to purchase cyanide. 

According to Metro Police, Goff told them he and his dad were selling drugs together and when police first interviewed Goff, he had white powder around his nose. 

Mary Goff doesn’t believe her son was selling drugs but does believe her grandson was. She said Goff, Jr. had a drinking problem but was a good person.

“My son was a very good guy. My son worked hard, studied hard. He has a master’s degree,” Goff told News 2. “He’d give you anything he had.”

Mary Goff said her son loved his son very much. She believes the motive for her son’s murder was money. 

Goff III will be in juvenile court on June 11. A judge has not yet decided if he will be tried as an adult.

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