Sheriff's office: Accused placed pistol in murder victim’s hand

John Thompson • Sep 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department has released more information on its investigation into the Oct. 16 shooting of Larry Whittaker and last week’s arrest of Israel B. Goudy in the case. Goudy, 32, 505 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with or fabricating evidence.

When the first deputies arrived on the scene they found Goudy lying in Reynolds Road in front of the trailer where Whittaker and his wife lived. The Whittakers had invited Goudy to live in their home.

Investigator Travis Ludlow said in an arrest report that when officers first approached Goudy, they found him suffering from multiple stab wounds. Ludlow reported Goudy told the officers another man was lying in the yard and he had a gun. Upon approaching Whittaker, officers found him to be dead. They also discovered a pistol in his right hand and a knife at his left side.

When Goudy was questioned about the incident, Ludlow said Goudy told him he had become involved in an altercation with Whittaker. Goudy said that during the altercation, Whittaker had drawn a gun and a knife and used both to attack Goudy, resulting in the stab wounds to him. Goudy told investigators he struggled with Whittaker and was able to retrieve the gun from Whittaker, and that he shot Whittaker.

Ludlow said that in subsequent interviews Goudy gave conflicting statements to officers. In an interview last Friday, Goudy admitted to Ludlow and Lt. Mike Little that he had made up the previous stories.

Ludlow said Goudy told them he and Whittaker had been involved in an argument on Oct. 16 and during the argument Goudy picked up a loaded pistol that was lying on an outside table and fired two rounds at Whittaker. Goudy said he then checked Whittaker’s body, but could not find a pulse. He said he then went outside and picked up a knife, using it to stab Whittaker’s body twice. He said he then stabbed himself in an attempt to claim the shooting was done in self defense.

Ludlow said Goudy also said he placed the pistol in Whittaker’s right hand and fired the weapon using Whittaker’s hand so as to produce gunshot residue on Whittaker’s hand.

Goudy is being held in the Carter County Detention Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned during the next session of Sessions Court.

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