Family: Man killed girlfriend’s son while playing ‘zombies’


HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (AP) – The family of a 6-year-old boy says he was shot and killed by his mother’s boyfriend in Georgia while they were playing “zombies.”

Laura Stamey tells WRDW-TV that her grandson Ryder was playing with her daughter’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Benjamin Goodson, when Goodson shot Ryder. Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen says the boy died Monday night at a home in Hephzibah.

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The county sheriff’s office says Goodson was taken into custody and charged with murder, child cruelty and other offenses. The arrest report says Goodson shot Ryder in the chest with a shotgun. It says the gun didn’t fire at first, so he had to pull the hammer back and aim and shoot again. Alcohol may have been involved.

It’s unclear if Goodson has a lawyer who could comment.


Information from: WRDW-TV,

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