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Police: Victim in 2020 murder named Jackson man as his attacker

Blake Curran
Posted at 7:20 PM, Jan 26, 2021

JACKSON, Mich. — The case of a Jackson man charged with murder in connection with a shooting this past summer has been bound over to circuit court.

Blake Curran is accused of shooting Darold Goodloe, Jr. of Albion in June near the intersection of Euclid and Merriman streets. Goodloe died two months later.

During a preliminary exam in front of 12th District Court Judge Allison Bates on Tuesday, police said they found Goodloe covered in blood with three bullet holes in his chest. They said he named Curran as his attacker.

“When I arrived just east of the intersection there was a Yukon that was still in the roadway," said Jackson police Sgt. Peter Postma. "I approached the vehicle. The driver door was open. It was occupied by one black male that I identified as Darold Goodloe....Mr. Goodloe was covered in blood from his neck down. He was having trouble breathing and talking. I was able to get him say his name and he kept asking for help.”

Now, the courts have to determine if Goodloe was issuing what's known in legal circles as a dying declaration, which would make his statement admissible in court even though he can't testify.

There was one key piece of evidence that was enough to move this case up to the circuit court: body cam footage.

“There were a couple of body cam videos from the officers,"said Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka. "They were interacting with the victim at the scene as well as statements that had come in already, and so, the court made the ruling based on that review and it was part of the judge’s bind over decision today.”

Police said Goodloe didn't tell them why Curran might have shot him.

“He didn’t give me any details of the actual incident other than Blake was in the Yukon with him and Blake shot him and then he left," said Sgt. Postma. "I asked him what type of vehicle he left in and he told me a dark blue Mazda that he was with another subject in that Mazda."

The case is still in the very early stages. Up next will be a pretrial hearing with Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wilson. The date will be announced within a month.

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