Goodlett has been arrested several times since 2004, according to court records. But charges filed in 2008 placed him under state supervision, and he still was under the watch of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the time of the killings, court records and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said.
In January 2009, Goodlett was found not criminally responsible because of mental illness in a case involving burglary and harassment allegations. He was released that day after mental health professionals had declared that he was not a danger to himself or others under special conditions, McCarthy and court records said.
He was placed under state care and was required to meet 17 conditions for his continued release, the court records say. Among them: He had to continue mental health treatment; he could not own or possess any guns; he had to abstain from alcohol and drugs; and he could not break the law, according to court papers.
It is unknown how the state has been monitoring Goodlett to ensure that he was meeting those conditions. McCarthy said he did not know. David Paulson, a spokesman for the state agency that was responsible for supervising Goodlett, said “the situation is under review” and declined to comment further.
Goodlett is charged in the death of Punyasara W. Palkumbure Gedara, 41, as he walked home from the Subway shop, police said. Several days earlier, police say, Goodlett killed his 81-year-old neighbor, Nazir Ahmed, who was found dead in the second-floor bedroom of his home in the 19500 block of Olney Mill Road. Goodlett lives in the same block.
Homicides are rare in Olney – a bedroom community about 10 miles north of the Capital Beltway — and that led police to search for a connection between the two shootings.
Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said ballistics tests indicated that the same gun was used in both killings. He said a bullet matching the others was found in Goodlett’s apartment.
It was unclear how Goodlett would have gotten the gun allegedly used in the slayings. Police have not recovered the gun, so it has not yet been traced to its original purchase.
Goodlett was picked up Monday night in the hours after the second slaying, Manger said. Police had issued a lookout for a tan Toyota Camry seen in the area where Gedara was shot. Officers spotted the car, pulled it over and found marijuana inside, the chief and court papers said. Goodlett was arrested on drug charges, and he has been in custody since then.
He is expected to make a court appearance Thursday.
According to his Facebook page, Goodlett was in Montgomery’s Sherwood High School in 1993 and also studied at Howard University, where he played soccer. He describes his political views as “middle of the road” and lists his religious views as “Christianity.” He says his interests are cutting hair and weight training.