By Max Hrenda
An incarcerated Carter County man who is facing a second-degree murder charge was arrested while in custody after
corrections officers said he assaulted one of them.
On Thursday, Carter County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Penny Garland charged Israel Benjamin Goudy, 33, with assault on an officer after Corrections Officer Chris Russell said Goudy “head-butted” him in the face.
Goudy has been incarcerated in the Carter County Detention Center since Sept. 21, 2012, after he was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with or fabricating evidence in the shooting death of Frank Whittaker on Oct. 16, 2011. When he last appeared in Carter County Criminal Court to face those charges on Dec. 13, Judge Robert Cupp set the date for his plea deadline to Feb. 12, 2014.
According to an affidavit, on Dec. 15 some time after 12:10 p.m. Russell said he took lunch down to Goudy and his cellmate, opened their door, and told them to come out. Neither Goudy nor his cellmate responded, however, so Russell said he fed the other inmates.
In the affidavit, Russell said that when he returned and repeated his order, Goudy’s cellmate complied, but Goudy became “aggravated and upset.” He added that Goudy said none of the other officers made him exit his cell.
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