Mother and son charged with trying to arrange murders of witnesses in drug investigation

Posted: 4:43 PM, Aug 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-31 22:03:20Z

A mother and son are facing charges they tried to have witnesses killed in connection to a Monroe County narcotics investigation.

Forty-three-year-old Lakeisha Goodwin of Romulus and 26-year-old Jontele Goodwin of Monroe County have both been charged with Solicitation to Commit Murder and Witness Intimidation.

Police say the charges relate to an April tip by an informant who told Michigan State Police that Jontele Goodwin had asked him to kill three people who he believed to be responsible for his arrest on narcotics charges by detectives with the Monroe Area Narcotics Team and Investigation Service.

Officers say Jontele and the informant were locked up in the Macomb County Jail at the time Jontele talked about having the witnesses killed.

According to Michigan State Police, a conversation between Jontele and the informant was recorded. During that meeting, police say, Jontele offered the informant $2,500 to murder the three people.

Police also say that after the informant was released from the Monroe County Jail, Jontele gave him his mother's contact information in order to facilitate the murders

In recorded conversations, police say Lakeisha Goodwin encouraged the murders and offered advice on how to carry them out.

Investigators say Lakeisha Goodwin gave the informant narcotics as a down payment for the murders and offered the informant a ride to the airport after they were carried out.

Both defendants face life in prison if convicted on all charges.