Scotland inmate found hanging in canteen

Staff report

October 21, 2013

LAURINBURG — An inmate serving a life sentence in Scotland Correctional Institution for the April 2000 murder of a Cumberland County man was found dead Friday by apparent suicide, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Ronald L. Goodman III, 32, was found dead late Friday afternoon at Scotland Correctional Institution. According to Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones, Goodman was found hanging by the neck in the prison canteen, where he worked. Goodman had been denied parole, Jones said.

According to sheriff’s investigator Gyivan Jackson, Goodman was not on suicide watch and “regularly” worked at the canteen.

The county Sheriff’s Department is investigating and Goodman’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, Jones said.

Goodman was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of 30-year-old Kenneth Highsmith. According to previous reports, Goodman turned himself in on April 22, three days after the shooting.

According to court documents, Goodman told police that he repeatedly shot Highsmith with Highsmith’s gun when the two got into an argument after a drug transaction.