Magistrate dies while in custody


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



A Bell County magistrate has died while in custody at the Bell County Detention Center.

Bell County dispatch received a phone call from the detention center at 3:12 a.m. regarding an inmate that was reportedly having a seizure. Bell County Emergency Management System transported the inmate, Bell County Magistrate Ricky Goodin, 51, of Pineville, to the Pineville Community Hospital. According to Bell County Coroner Jay Steele, at 5:56 a.m., Goodin died in the emergency room. His body is being taken to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Goodin was being held at the detention center on a $1 million cash bond after being booked into the detention center on Sept. 10 on a solicitation to commit murder charge after being arrested by Kentucky State Police.

Goodin had previously been arrested on numerous drug charges and was out on bond when he was arrested on the solicitation to commit murder charge.

On March 17, Goodin was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), three counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, drug not specified, nine counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, drug not specified, two counts of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance,drug not specified, and trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.

Earlier this week Goodin was indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury on both the solicitation to commit murder charge and the March 17 drug charges.

Kentucky State Police is handling the investigation.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews

(Brian O’Brien from The Big ONE 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this report)

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By Reina P. Cunningham

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