FOREST CITY — A man with a lengthy criminal record is in jail again facing a slew of charges, including shooting into an occupied house.
Delarrio L. Goode, 34, of Forest City, was apprehended Tuesday (Sept. 22) after he crashed into the back of a box truck, his second crash in recent days, according to Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis.
Tuesday’s crash enabled deputies to charge Goode for the Sept. 14 shooting into a home in the Chase High School community. Goode allegedly fired multiple shots into a house around 1:30 a.m. One of the occupants inside the house informed deputies that he had issues with Goode, identifying him as a suspect in the shooting. Deputies recovered casings from inside the home, Francis said.
Later in the early morning hours of Sept. 14 Goode crashed a rental car on Whitesides Road. Both he and Jada Revels, 21, were hurt in the single-vehicle crash and taken to the hospital. A search of the vehicle yielded a handgun believed to be used in the earlier shooting. A second firearm was also found in the trunk of the car. Drug paraphernalia was also discovered during the search of the car, Francis said.
Goode was treated and released before deputies could charge him for the shooting, which was still under investigation at the time, Francis said.
Warrants for his and Revels arrests were secured on Sept. 16, the sheriff added.
While wanted for the Sept. 14 shooting, Goode again crashed a second rental car Tuesday. In that crash, Goode is facing charges of driving while impaired, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, drug possession with intent to sell and deliver and maintaining a vehicle for the sell and delivery of drugs. Those charges were prepared by Forest City police.
Goode was first charged for the pending offenses with the Sheriff’s Office. Those charges included shooting into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Revels was charged for accessory after the fact in the shooting.
Goode was initially given a secured bond of $100,000, but the bond is sure to increase as more charges mount.
Goode is no stranger to law enforcement as he has a number of offenses, many of those drug-related charges within recent months.
“He’s one of those criminals that keeps getting out,” Francis said.
It’s because of low bonds that keeps Goode from spending more time in jail. Instead of requiring the typical 15% bail for a bond, many bondsmen are allowing those accused of crimes to post smaller amounts for bail, as low as 2-3%, Francis said.
“When you’re dealing with drugs, they’ve got the money for bail,” he added. “He’s only one of multiple examples.”
The sheriff said he’s hoping for legislative reforms related to how bond amounts are determined. He also wants bail bondsmen held more accountable for bond recommendations.
COVID-19 has also slowed the court system, which has exasperated the problem of keeping defendants in jail longer so they can’t commit more crimes while awaiting trial for prior offenses.
“I don’t see how you can keep people safe if you can’t keep people in jail,” Francis said.
Between the pandemic and the problems related to low bail, the county is finding itself falling victim to a number of repeat offenders, the sheriff said.