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Tunnel Hill man sentenced after being found guilty of murdering Chattanooga woman

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UPDATE (Thursday, Sept. 28):

Charmane Goins was sentenced to life in prison without parole in Gwinnett County, Georgia on Thursday.

He was convicted earlier this month of murdering a Chattanooga woman and then burning her body.

Depend on us for updates as we get them.


PREVIOUSLY (Wednesday, Sept. 6):

A jury found Charmane Goins has been found guilty on all counts Tuesday afternoon. The jury took four hours to deliberate.

Watch WSB-TV's report on the verdict below:

Goins was charges with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault of Lauren Taylor.

Police say Goins was having an affair with Taylor. When Taylor threatened Goins with telling his wife and kids about their affair, police say Goins killed and burned Taylor's body.

We are working to get more information. Depend on us for updates as we get them.

PREVIOUSLY:

This week, an Atlanta jury is hearing the trial of Tunnel Hill man accused of killing a Chattanooga woman and then burning her body.

Police charged 37-year-old Charmane Goins with murder, felony murder and aggravated assault of Lauren Taylor, with whom he was having an extramarital affair, back in 2014.

Tony Thomas from WSB-TV tells NewsChannel 9 the homicide detective took the stand Thursday, saying Taylor threatened Goins with telling his wife and kids about their affair. The prosecutor says this was Goins' motive for killing her.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported Goins’ defense attorney, Wanda Jackson, pointed the jury to another man who she suggested may be Taylor’s real killer on Tuesday. Thomas tells us the man and friend of Goins took the stand on Friday.

Jackson told the jury the police ignored evidence of visible scratches on the man's arm and his clothes smelling of gasoline. The unidentified man testified that the scratches were from his job and "not any fight with a woman."

Goins is expected to testify later in his trial.

The AJC reported Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Daryl Mans said on Tuesday Goins told a friend he “had to get rid of” Taylor. Mans said Goins’ cell phone pinged down a route from Rising Fawn, Georgia, where he allegedly picked up Taylor. Mans said it showed that he traveled down to a location near Interstate 285 then his phone shut off.

The AJC says the prosecution also presented DNA evidence showing hair found in Goins’ trunk belongs to Taylor.

Jackson asked for a mistrial on Thursday, after the prosecution showed the jury a tape on which Goins spoke of a previous conviction. Judge Debra Turner denied the request.

Before this recent arrest, authorities in northwest Georgia and Tennessee praised Goins for serving as a mentor to inmates once he got out of prison.

One of those people who called him a mentor was Taylor. Goins helped her find jobs and lent her money. But their relationship quickly became more intimate.

Taylor grew up in Dalton but had recently called Chattanooga home.

"The truth is going to come out eventually," Taylor's mother Crystal told NewsChannel 9 in December, 2014. "I'm confident that justice is going to be served."

This is a developing story. Depend on NewsChannel 9 to bring you updates as we get them.


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