Suspect in Havelock shooting has criminal past

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Christopher Lee Godette, 23, is escorted from court on Monday in New Bern. He has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Gerald Fitzpatrick Price Friday in Havelock.

Chuck Beckley/Halifax Media Service
Published: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 06:57 PM.

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.”

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