Former Tennessee Police Officer Charged with Murder in Connection to Woman’s Strangulation

A former Tennessee police officer, Lawrence Goodine, is facing charges of murder, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence after a woman, identified as Kara Akins, 48, was strangled to death on November 29 in Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press, News Channel 9, and Local 3 News reported the charges, with Akins’ death officially ruled as a homicide on December 15. Authorities revealed that Akins suffered manual strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.

According to an affidavit cited by News Channel 9 and Local 3 News, Goodine claimed he discovered the victim dead at 3 a.m., speculating that she had overdosed.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported a domestic disorder incident at the same residence on October 3, with Goodine referring to Akins as his girlfriend at that time. It remains unclear if they were still in a relationship at the time of Akins’ death.

Despite being a former Chattanooga police officer, Goodine was terminated in 2007, as reported by Local 3 News.

He is currently held without bond at the Hamilton County jail, with his next court appearance scheduled for Friday. It is unknown whether Goodine has secured legal representation or entered a plea to the charges.

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