Mar 03, 2024

Teen children witness murder of their mother and her cousin

Posted Mar 03, 2024 11:00 PM
Goodrich-photo Jackson Co.
Goodrich-photo Jackson Co.

KANSAS CITY —A Jackson County judge has sentenced a Kansas City man to 66 years in prison after a jury convicted him in January 2023 of the murder of his girlfriend and her cousin outside the girlfriend's home in Kansas City, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

The judge sentenced 51-year-old Damon Goodrich to 30 years on each conviction of Murder in the 2nd Degree and 3 years on each of two counts of Armed Criminal Action. The judge set all sentences to run consecutively for a total of 66 years. A jury convicted Goodrich of the four felony counts in a November 2023 trial.

According to court records, Goodrich was accused of shooting his girlfriend and her cousin on Jan. 8, 2023. Teenage children of the female victim witnessed parts of the violence. Ring doorbell footage and surveillance cameras supported that the defendant was at or near the house during the encounter at the victim's residence.