Worthville man charged in 1991 Louisville murder

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By Dave Taylor

A Carroll County man has been charged in the 1991 death of a Louisville woman.

Louisville Metro Police Department charged Worthville resident David L. Hawkins, 46, with the murder of Karen Goodman, who was found beaten and strangled to death in her home in the 900 block of South First Street in Louisville on April 8, 1991.

Hawkins was arrested by Carrollton Police on Monday, Dec. 28, following a domestic violence incident which occurred on Dec. 26, in a residence located at 1008 Fish Street in Carrollton, according to Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite.

“The assault was not initially reported to us,” Willhoite said of the Fish Street incident, which involved a family member.

Hawkins allegedly had physically abused a woman at the residence and threatened to kill her, according to the police report.

“He was charged with fourth degree assault, which is a misdemeanor,” Willhoite said.

Louisville police also issued a warrant for Hawkins’s arrest on Dec. 28 and filed charges the same day based on information received from Carrollton police who investigated the local incident.

Lt. Barry Wilkerson, head of the homicide unit for LMPD, said the Carrollton victim told investigators that Hawkins had threatened her not to go to police with what she knew about the 1991 murder. The two arrests on the same day were not a coincidence, he said.

“He must have made some admissions to other witnesses who have come forward,” Wilkerson said. “Our investigators have taken DNA evidence from him which will be compared to evidence gathered at the murder scene in 1991.”

Hawkins is being held at the Carroll County Regional Detention Center. Bond has been set at $500,000 on the murder charge.

LMPD had long suspected David Hawkins in Goodman’s death, Wilkerson said. Detectives assigned to look into cold homicide cases had recently reviewed the Goodman case and sought out additional witnesses. Interviews with those witnesses generated new information, Wilkerson said, that wouldn’t have been available to investigators in 1991. That information helped the detectives gather enough evidence against Hawkins to charge him with Goodman’s murder.

According to police reports from 1991, a neighbor who had gone to check on Goodman found her dead in the bed of her second-floor apartment. Goodman was 52 at the time of her death.

On the day before her body was discovered, she had been released from a Louisville hospital where she had been treated for a stab wound. Her boyfriend had been arrested for inflicting the stab wound and was in jail at the time of her death.

Hawkins was a resident of Jefferson County, Ky., at the time of the murder, Wilkerson said.

Hawkins is to be arraigned on the murder charge Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Jefferson County, Ky.