ELIZABETHTON — Israel B. Goudy, 33, entered a not guilty plea in Carter County Criminal Court on Tuesday. He is charged with second-degree murder and tampering with or fabricating evidence in the Oct. 16, 2011, shooting death of Larry Whittaker at Whittaker’s home at 257 Reynolds Road.
Goudy and his attorney, Clifton Corker, appeared before Judge Robert Cupp. A trial was set for January, with motions and plea deadlines set for Nov. 5. The judge also ordered a mental health evaluation for Goudy.
Following Goudy’s arrest, Sheriff Chris Mathes said Goudy gave conflicting statements to investigators when they first responded to the scene of the shooting.
Goudy also had several stab wounds that were classified by investigators to be both superficial and self-inflicted. Mathes said the tampering with evidence charge was leveled because Goudy attempted to make the shooting appear to have been in self-defense.
Whittaker’s body was found lying in his front yard on the night of the shooting. There was a gun found in his right hand and a knife found nearby. Investigators say the weapons were planted there by Goudy.
Goudy remains in the Carter County Detention Center.