The Morehead City man charged with murder in connection with a Friday shooting in Havelock has a lengthy criminal background and may have made an ominous online post just two days before the killing.
Christopher Lee Godette, 23, of Morehead City, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Gerald Fitzpatrick Price, 45, of 228 Cedar Ridge Lane, in Havelock. Godette is alleged to have shot Price inside the residence around 11 a.m. on Friday.
Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said Monday that a motive for the shooting had not been determined. He said that weapons found at the scene of the shooting would undergo forensic examination.
Cyrus declined to confirm whether a black Dodge pickup truck, reported initially as speeding away from the scene, had been located. Cyrus declined to make any further comment on the case until evidence had been presented to the district attorney.
Godette made his first court appearance on Monday and is being held in the Craven County Jail without bond.
Two days before the shooting, Godette may have made a pronouncement in a statement on his Facebook page.
In between expletives, the post reads “Prepare for war, i’m bout to checkmate (these people). Say hello to the bad guy.”
Godette’s profile picture shows him kneeling down counting money over what appears to be a fairly large pile of money spread over the floor. In another Facebook photo, Godette poses with a thick wad of cash clinched between his teeth as he gestures with his middle finger toward the camera.
Another post on the Facebook page from January reads, “In the streets its consequences/ dem bricks will get you a life sentence.”
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections website, Godette was released from prison on Aug. 28, 2013, after serving three years and 25 days in two periods of incarceration on convictions of felonious restraint, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, felonious breaking and entering of motor vehicles, felonious possession of marijuana, resisting an officer, and two counts of felony breaking and entering. The offenses date back to April of 2007 when Godette would have just turned 16 years old.
In February of 2013 when he would have been in jail, a post on Godette’s Facebook page reads: “I’m still doing mo numbers” than half the other guys on the street. Earlier the same month, a post reads: “Today I woke up feeling gud no stress no worrys living like a big dawg on the pound smoking gud eatn gud life in prison cant get know better.”
In addition to the charges of murder, Godette has five other pending cases in Carteret County for two counts of driving while license revoked, two counts of possession of marijuana, and failure to wear a seatbelt, as well as one count of having no operator’s license in Wayne County.