BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- A Missouri State Highway Patrol criminologist says a southeast Missouri man had synthetic drugs in his system when he allegedly shot and killed his own son.
A preliminary hearing was Monday in Stoddard County for 40-year-old Charles Goforth of Catron, accused of second-degree murder in the May shooting of his son, 20-year-old Patrick Goforth.
KFVS-TV reports that a preliminary hearing was Monday. Patrol criminologist Emily Smelser testified that the substance alpha-PVP was found in both urine and blood samples of Charles Goforth. Alpha-PVP is commonly marketed as a so-called “bath salt.”
The judge ruled there was enough evidence for the trial to proceed. Arraignment is Oct. 17.