The Kentucky State Police has issued a press release regarding the death of Bell County Magistrate Ricky Goodin on Saturday.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan was contacted by the Bell County Jailer, Gary Ferguson at 7:21 a.m. to conduct a death investigation.
Jacobs said a preliminary investigation indicates that Goodin began having a seizure while inside his cell. The guards at the detention center were notified of Goodin having a seizure by his cell mates. The guards then contacted Bell County EMS. Goodin was transported to the Pineville Community Hospital by Bell County EMS. Goodin had another seizure while at the hospital where he then died.
According to Bell County Coroner Jay Steele, at 5:56 a.m., Goodin died in the emergency room.
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.
Jacobs said there is no foul play suspected Goodin’s death.
Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock asks for respect for the family.
“My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to the Goodin family,” Brock said. “With all things considered, I hope the community will focus on supporting the family and remembering the first 50 years of Ricky’s life — not just the events of the last year.”
The case is still under investigation by KSP Det. Jake Wilson.