Murder suspect faces new charge

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Marcus Goldsmith is accused in stabbing

By Lisa King

A man facing murder charges in the stabbing of a man in downtown Shelbyville now faces additional charges.

Shelby County resident Marcus Goldsmith was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence connected with an incident that happened before the deadly altercation March 16 in downtown Shelbyville.

Police say Goldsmith, 53, had gone to the apartment of Keith A. Jackson at 901 Main St. in the early morning hours and gotten into an argument with him, police say.

Shelbyville Police Det. Jesse Paulley and Sgt. Bruce Gentry responded to a 911 call at 12:39 a.m. at the corner of 9th and Main streets, where they discovered Jackson, 46, lying mortally wounded just inside the doorway of his apartment.

It is not known if he was conscious when police arrived. Jackson was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville by Shelby County EMS, where he was pronounced dead as result of stab wounds.

The police report says Goldsmithhad fled the scene and returned to his own residence at 479 Midland Blvd, where police discovered him. He surrendered without resistance.

The report lists a witness at the apartment building where Jackson lived.

Detectives said Goldsmith told police he had gone to Jackson’s apartment at 12:30 a.m., armed with a knife. They say he stabbed Jackson twice in the torso before fleeing the scene.

But now he faces additional charges because Paulley said there was another altercation four hours earlier, when Goldsmith went to Jackson’s apartment and assaulted a woman there who previously had lived with him.

The woman was assaulted with a knife and taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville with non-life-threatening injuries, Paulley said.

Goldsmith incurred the charge of tampering with physical evidence because he hid the knife he allegedly had used in both crimes, but police recovered it, Paulley said.

In court Monday, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman ordered Goldsmith’s bond of $250,000 cash to remain unchanged.

He has been given a new court date of June 18.