Missouri man pleads not guilty to attempted murder
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 10:25 a.m.
A Pineville, Mo. man pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and aggravated robbery charges.
Orville Mitchell Goodwin, 61, entered the plea Monday during his arraignment before Circuit Judge Brad Karren
Goodwin is charged in connection with attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery, both Class Y felonies. He could be sentenced from 10 to 40 years or life imprisonment on each count if convicted.
Goodwin's only statement during the brief hearing was "Yes sir," when the judge asked if he was pleading not guilty to the charges.
The judge appointed the Benton County Public Defenders Office to represent Goodwin.
Annette Rapalee, 54, of Jane, Mo., was found a half mile from her home by two men on horseback on May 11. Rapalee had been beaten and shot in the face, according to court documents.
She was taken to a Springfield, Mo., hospital and later released to rehabilitation facility, according to court documents. Rapalee is unable to care for herself and is a ward of Missouri, according to the affidavit.
Rapalee had one gunshot would to her face and a bruise on her chest consistent with a person’s shoe or boot, according to court documents.
Bella Vista Police Chief Ken Farmer previously said Goodwin and Rapalee were acquaintances.
A neighbor told police she last saw Rapalee on May 9 after Rapalee received a $500 check from her late husband’s estate. The neighbor told police she believed Goodwin picked Rapalee up at her home in his red pickup on May 10 to take her to cash the check, according to court documents.
Goodwin is being held in the Benton County Jail on a $750,000 bond.
An omnibus hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30.