Raheem Shamar Goodwin, top left, makes his initial court appearance at Somerset County Superior Court via Zoom on Tuesday in Skowhegan. Goodwin, a 22-year-old Benton man, is charged in connection with the murder last week of a 62-year-old Fairfield man, Edwin Weeks. Goodwin’s court-appointed attorney, Jeremy Pratt, is seen in the lower right. At lower left is Lisa Marchese, criminal division chief for the Office of the Maine Attorney General.  Anna Chadwick/Morning Sentinel 

SKOWHEGAN — The suspect accused of killing a Fairfield man last week had assaulted the man just days earlier in the belief he was a sexual offender.

That’s according to witness statements in a police affidavit, which shed new light on the case Tuesday as Raheem Shamar Goodwin, 22, of Benton, made his initial appearance in court. Goodwin is charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of 62-year-old Edwin Weeks at the Fairfield man’s home.

Raheem Shamar Goodwin Photo courtesy of Somerset County Sheriff’s Office

Weeks’ body was found on Nov. 29 three days after the alleged assault.

A motive for the killing wasn’t entirely clear in court documents. But Goodwin’s girlfriend, Samantha Joy, told investigators Goodwin said he killed Weeks “for his family,” according to an affidavit filed by Maine State Police Detective James Moore.

Joy told investigators that Goodwin had assaulted Weeks before the killing because he recently heard Weeks was a convicted sex offender, although Weeks’ name does not appear in a search of Maine’s public online sex offender registry.

She also told police that Goodwin and Weeks “have had sex,” which she believed Weeks had paid for, Moore wrote. Joy also told police Goodwin’s drug use made him paranoid and hear voices.


Goodwin made his initial appearance via Zoom video conference in Somerset County Superior Court on Tuesday, as Judge Brent Davis read him the murder charge, along with another, associated charge related to violation of probation conditions.

Judge Brent Davis speaks Tuesday at Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan during the initial court appearance of Raheem Shamar Goodwin. Goodwin is the 22-year-old Benton man charged in connection with the murder last week of a 62-year-old Fairfield man, Edwin Weeks. Anna Chadwick/Morning Sentinel

Goodwin is being held without bail at Somerset County Jail in East Madison. A court-appointed attorney, Jeremy Pratt, requested Tuesday that Goodwin continue to be held without bail. Goodwin has not yet been indicted or entered a plea.

Police have previously only said they believe that Goodwin and Weeks knew each other. Goodwin allegedly stabbed Weeks multiple times, according to Moore.

A co-worker of Weeks who found his body told investigators that Weeks said on Nov. 26 that Goodwin had assaulted him the day before, leaving him with “black eyes and busted nose,” Moore wrote.

Two other friends of Weeks later reported to investigators that they had heard from Weeks about the same assault, according to Moore.

One friend told police that Weeks told him Goodwin entered Weeks’ home while he was asleep at night on Nov. 25, Moore wrote. The friend told police that Weeks said Goodwin took his wallet during the incident, but that Joy told Weeks it was still in the house.


Weeks did not report the incident to authorities, the witnesses told police.

Crime scene tape is wrapped around a tree Nov. 30 near a cluster of mobile homes extending from Main Street in Fairfield. Maine State Police were investigating the death of Edwin Weeks, whose body was found two days prior inside one of the mobile homes. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel file

On Nov. 28, shortly after 11:30 p.m., State Police detectives located Goodwin in Skowhegan, Moore wrote. Goodwin then led the troopers on a chase, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph, before crashing into a ditch on Route 2 in Canaan and setting a fire inside his vehicle, Moore wrote.

During the half-hour standoff with police, Goodwin exited and reentered his vehicle, and threw his driver’s license and a knife with blood on it off the side of the road before police arrested him, according to Moore.

Joy, Goodwin’s girlfriend, also told police that Goodwin had thrown a bag of blood-stained clothing in the dumpster at their trailer park on Pineview Avenue in Skowhegan, according to Moore.

Police later executed a search warrant of the property and found the clothing, along with sneakers, two knives, and latex gloves, all with blood on them, the affidavit said.

The initial court appearance of Raheem Shamar Goodwin is held via Zoom Tuesday at Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan. Judge Brent Davis, at far right, watches the screen showing Goodwin, top left, who is charged in connection with the murder last week of a 62-year-old Fairfield man. Anna Chadwick/Morning Sentinel

Joy told investigators that Goodwin is known to use methamphetamine, according to Moore.

Joy said that while on methamphetamine, Goodwin “is very paranoid and claims to hear voices,” Moore wrote in the affidavit. “(Joy) said that because (Goodwin) uses so heavily … he just seems to be constantly affected by the (methamphetamine).”

Goodwin’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 24.

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