Charles Godley (1995)

Charles Godley lived at Rt. 4, Box 873, U.S.-21 on St. Helena Island. Deputies from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office found Charles Godley, 58, dead in his bedroom around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 15th, 1995, after his friend, Mildred Medlin, from Sumter, South Carolina, called and requested a health and welfare check.

Cold Case Murder Suspect Arrested in BCSO/SLED Investigation
September 28, 2004


Richard Simmons, Jr.

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, along with South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), arrested Richard Simmons, Jr., originally of St. Helena Island, yesterday at 6:30 p.m. in Columbia, charging him with murder and burglary in the first degree for the death of Charles Godley which happened between January 13th and January 15th, 1995 in Godley's home on St. Helena Island. The arrest was a result of a month-long undercover operation during which Simmons told an undercover officer the details of the murder.

Richard Simmons Jr., 41 years old, who is currently homeless in Columbia, South Carolina, was arrested outside of the SLED Forensics Building, where an undercover SLED officer, Special Agent Bruce Otterbacher, brought him. Simmons was arrested, with the assistance of SLED's Fugitive Task Force, without incident and transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

Lt. Bob Bromage, who coordinated the operation with SLED agent, Captain David Caldwell, said Simmons was identified in 1995 as a potential suspect after the murder, but there was insufficient evidence to charge him with murder.

SIMMONS' CRIMINAL HISTORY

  • 1982 - Simmons was convicted of housebreaking.
  • 1984 - Simmons was convicted of breach of peace, breaking & entering, grand larceny, and housebreaking.
  • 1986 - Simmons was convicted of trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, destruction of real property and assaulting a police officer.
  • 1987 - Simmons was convicted of disorderly conduct and trespassing.
  • 1988 - Simmons was convicted of assault & battery of a high and aggravated nature and malicious injury to personal property.
  • 1991 - Simmons was convicted of breach of peace and trespassing.
  • 1992 - Simmons was convicted of assault and battery, trespassing, burglary, shoplifting, resisting arrest and assault and battery.
  • 1994 - Simmons was convicted of trespassing.
  • 1995 - Simmons was convicted of shoplifting, disorderly conduct, indecent exposure, false information, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information and another shoplifting charge.
  • 2002 - Simmons was convicted of trespassing