LUMBERTON — Lawyers representing Marques Ramon Brown, charged with fatally shooting Lumberton police officer Jeremiah Goodson, asked in court Thursday that the 29-year-old be allowed to transfer to a different holding facility.
Brown was arrested nearly two years ago after shooting Goodson on July 17, 2012 in front of XPress Depot on Fayetteville Road. Goodson, who was off-duty at the time, was attempting to serve Brown with outstanding warrants for failing appear in court when Brown reportedly opened fire.
Due to the nature of the case, Brown has been held at Central Prison in Raleigh under a safekeeping order.
Attorneys Lisa Miles and Michael Driver are asking that the order be lifted and Brown be relocated so they can more easily meet with their client to prepare his case. The two are based in Durham.
“We would not expect it to be in this county,” Miles said.
No date has been set in the matter, which was first brought up in court earlier this year, according to District Attorney Johnson Britt.
“Judge (Robert F.) Floyd heard part of that motion and took it under advisement at that time so that’s still the status,” Britt said. “Hopefully, we will get that motion resolved in August at the administrative session then.”
Brown’s lawyers have also asked that they be allowed to see a copy of Goodson’s personnel file from the Lumberton Police Department. Before either side sees the file, Floyd will have to determine whether any of its contents are relevant to the trial.
“The issue is whether they are entitled to see Jeremiah’s personnel and training file,” Britt said, noting training files are typically public record while personnel files are not.
Britt has said he would pursue the death penalty for Brown, who was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Brown is being held without bond while he awaits trial.
Driver said Brown’s family, who was present during his brief appearance in court, had no comment at the time. The lawyers said they were unsure if the family would be able to visit Brown while he was in Robeson County.
Goodson’s death sparked an outpouring of support in the community. Goodson, who was 32, was the first Lumberton officer killed while working since 1936.