NEOSHO, MO.--- Dennis Goode has an extensive police record in Newton and Jasper counties alone, it doesn't stop with burglary. Online court records show nearly a dozen charges in the last 10 years. Those range from forgery to theft and drug charges. With an established connection to other past burglaries in the area, many are wondering if he could be involved in the Newton County break in last week that led to the death of Jeffrey Slama, 58.
Goode talked about it outside of court today. "No sir, I've let them have my DNA and all of that, to let them see I'm not that type of person. I've made some mistakes because I'm screwed up on drugs and stuff, but I'm not a killer. You all can look at me and see that. I mean, the people who did that stuff was a coward. I listened to the thing and somebody cried and begged for their life and then was shot in the back - that's a coward. Everyone that knows me, knows I don't move like that," said Dennis Goode, Newton County Burglary Suspect.
At this point, Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland isn't drawing a connection. "Right at this time, I'm not prepared to say that Goode is a suspect in that homicide. We've been investigating it for several days now, following up on leads, evidence. We have evidence at the crime lab, we're waiting on results of the crime lab to hopefully identify the perpetrator to us. Goode is a known burglar in Newton County as well as Jasper County. He's got quite a criminal history, capable of doing anything. You can see when Jasper County tried to stop him the other night, he fired at the deputies. So, my comment would be that he's capable of about anything," said Ken Copeland, Newton County Sheriff.
At this time, there are no charges related to the murder case. Newton County has six investigators working full time on the case, solving it is a top priority.
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