A St. Marys, W.Va., man accused of attempted murder in Newport had purchased a gun for the victim’s wife earlier that day, the woman testified Wednesday during a preliminary hearing in the case against 35-year-old Michael A. Good.
The purchase of the gun and many other details about the May 26 shooting came to light during the hearing for Good, of 4102 Cow Creek Road, who is accused of shooting Parkersburg resident Richard Carter, 24, in the face and shoulder.
“Michael and my husband don’t get along,” testified the victim’s wife, Amanda Carter.
Amanda, who works as an exotic dancer in Parkersburg, had known Good for more than a year as a customer and had confided in him instances where her husband had abused her, she said.
“I’ve been afraid of my husband,” she said and advised that Good knew that.
Amanda Carter testified that her husband has always known of Amanda and Good’s relationship, which has always been purely platonic. Richard has never been jealous of Good, she said.
Though the two were not romantically involved, Good lavished Amanda Carter with gifts, she testified.
“He bought me gifts all the time,” said Amanda, and listed a laptop and a ring worth $1,000 among those items.
Also among those gifts was a pink and silver .22 pistol that Good had purchased for Amanda on the same day that he would allegedly shoot her husband.
Amanda testified that after purchasing the gun, she and Good returned to Amanda’s mother’s house in St. Mary’s to shoot guns together and that Good later dropped her off at 3623 Packard St., Parkersburg, the home she shares with her husband.
Later that evening, the Carters met up with friends to go fishing in Newport just north of the bridge connecting Newport and St. Mary’s, she said.
Richard Carter had been showing off Amanda’s new gun and a gun he had purchased the previous day to friends near the river. He was carrying the two guns back to the car around 10 p.m. when he dropped to the ground, Amanda testified.
“He told me he was (shot), but I didn’t believe him because my husband likes to joke sometimes,” she said.
When he pulled a blood-covered hand away from his shoulder, Amanda realized he had been shot and helped him up. That is when she witnessed Richard being shot a second time in the chin, she said.
She put Richard in her vehicle and as she was driving away, her headlights shone on Good, standing on the rail of his truck and holding a gun, she said.
“At first (Richard) did think he’d shot himself, but the second time he knew he didn’t shoot himself in the face,” she said.
Amanda’s mother, Robin Steele, of St. Mary’s, testified that shortly before the shooting, Good had come to her home in a despondent state because Amanda was not answering his calls after telling him she would meet back up with him that night for a camping trip.
Admitted Amanda, “I lied to him and told him I’d go just so he’d buy me something … the gun.”
While Good was at her house, Steele advising him to stop pursuing Amanda, she said.
“I told him, ‘Michael, you’ve got to leave her alone. She’s never going to leave her husband,'” said Steele.
Good appeared both hurt and angry and when he left Steele’s home, he made a comment that his problems were “nothing a pistol wouldn’t cure,” recalled Steele.
She was worried he intended to take his own life, but she also called Amanda to warn her that Michael knew where they were fishing because of a Facebook photo, she said.
Amanda said she simply brushed the warning off.
“He’s threatened me before so I just didn’t take it seriously,” she said.
When Amanda’s husband was shot, he dropped the Carters’ two guns, which were later recovered at the scene, testified Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Smeeks Wednesday.
Also discovered about 35 feet from the guns were two spent .22 rounds that would not fit either of the Carters’ guns, said Smeeks.
Through the course of their investigation, officers obtained a warrant to search Good’s home. They did not find a .22 magnum but were told by family members that Good had access to one, he said.
Neither Good nor Richard Carter, who has been released from the hospital, testified Wednesday.
Marietta Municipal Court Judge Janet Dyar Welch found that the circumstances presented fit the specifications for attempted murder and bound the case over to Washington County Common Pleas Court for possible indictment by a grand jury.
Good is being held at the Washington County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Attempted murder is a first-degree felony and carries a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison.