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Man charged in Marco Archer case

Police were on high alert yesterday when Kofhe Goodman appeared before a magistrate charged with the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer.

Armed officers from the Internal Security Division stood guard on Bank Lane as officers from the Central Detective Unit escorted Goodman into the courtroom of Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell.

Marco’s disappearance and murder sparked much public outcry in the country.  However, the arraignment occurred without incident.

Marco’s badly decomposed remains were found on September 28 in bushes behind the Yorkshire Drive apartment building where Goodman lived.

The sixth grade student of Columbus Primary failed to return to his Brougham Street home on September 23 when he went to a neighborhood store to buy candy, his family said. Marco’s sister became emotional when she saw Goodman, whom police believe is responsible for the death of her son, and she jeered him.

Goodman, who is also known as Elvardo Ferguson, was unrepresented at the arraignment.  He told Bethell that Geoffrey Farquharson was his lawyer, but Farquharson, who was seen in the immediate area, did not appear on his behalf.

Goodman was not required to enter a plea to allegations that he caused Archer’s death between September 23 and 28.

Prosecutors plan to bypass a preliminary inquiry in the magistrates’ court and send the case straight to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.

Goodman returns to court on February 16, 2012 when prosecutors expect to have the documents prepared that will commit the case to the Supreme Court for trial.

His security escort took him back to the prison immediately after the arraignment.  He was already on remand on charges of having sex with two prepubescent boys.

On October 3, he appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans on charges that he abducted a 12-year-old boy on August 17, 2011 and had sex with him.  He is accused of having sex with another 12-year-old on March 12, 2011.

Goodman returns to court for a status hearing in that matter on December 16.

Goodman was convicted of unnatural sexual intercourse in 1993.  He was freed from prison last year after being jailed for the attempted murder of a nine-year-old boy.

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