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UPDATED: Two Men Charged for Springfield Murder

Updated: Thursday, July 24 2014, 09:17 PM CDT

Updated report posted July 24, 2014 9:05 PM

SPRINGFIELD - After months of investigating, Springfield police believe they've solved a murder case and have enough evidence to charge two men with the crime. Prosecutors calls the murder of James Michael Goins a random act of violence. Now, his family is demanding justice.

The family of Goins has waited for police to say they have the men who killed their loved one, since he was brutally murdered two months ago. Thursday, that day came.

"It still won't bring my brother back," said Janet Elder, the victim's sister.

Eighteen-year old Christopher Coleman and 27-year old Raymond McBride are charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and theft.

"Just getting a face on who it was did that.. they both look fairly young, why they want to mess up their life," Elder questioned.

Police say Coleman and McBride robbed 59-year old Goins, stabbed him, then stole his car on May 25th, in the parking lot behind Club Station House downtown.

"If they wanted anything,  he would've given it to them... money, cigarettes, the car.. he would've said take it. They didn't have to stab him," Elder said through tears.

Both Coleman and McBride have rap sheets. McBride's includes robbery and theft charges, weapons charges, criminal damage to property, battery and drug charges. The younger of the two, Coleman, has a record of armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Turns out police didn't have to go looking for Coleman and McBride; they were already locked up, on separate armed robbery cases.

"That allowed the state's attorneys office and the Springfield police department to continue to look at the case and put together pieces that identify these individuals committing this armed robbery and committing this murder," said Sangamon county state's attorney John Milhiser.

Evidence that led to the suspects includes surveillance video from the area and witness statements. Still, both men have pleaded not guilty.

"They ought to be man even to say what they've done," said Don Cantrall, the victim's brother-in-law.

The case now moves toward a jury trial; one that Goin's family members say they'll be at, hoping for justice for their loved one.

"I don't want to see them get out so they can do it someone else," Elder said.

Both Coleman and McBride's bond is currently at $2.5-million for several charges, on multiple cases. If convicted, they face up to 60 years in prison.

Original report posted July 24, 2014 3:20 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- One person is dead following a stabbing in downtown Springfield on May 25. Today, two suspects have been indicted.

27-year-old Raymond McBride and 18-year-old Christopher Coleman were indicted by a grand jury for first degree murder, as well as armed robbery and theft.

Both pleaded not guilty at an arraignment this afternoon.

The stabbing took place in the parking lot behind Club Station House, just after 10 p.m. on that Sunday night.

A witness told police that 59-year-old James Michael Goins was standing by his car when he was approached by two black males. Police say that was when Goins was pushed to the ground and stabbed.

The suspects then drove away in his vehicle, which was later found at a motel on the east side of Springfield.

Coleman and McBride face up to 60 years in prison if the case goes to a jury trial and they're convicted.

Goins is described by loved ones as a loving brother, uncle and stepfather.

For more on the fatal stabbing incident that took place in May 2014 click here.

UPDATED: Two Men Charged for Springfield Murder


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