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Coroner identifies man shot in Decatur motel; investigation pending

Coroner identifies man shot in Decatur motel; investigation pending


DECATUR — Police on Friday released new details in the Decatur motel shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead. 

Avery E. Drake, 20, was arrested and faces a preliminary charge of obstruction of justice in the case. Police said in a sworn affidavit that Drake is the brother of 21-year-old Jayson Goodbred, who was pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m. Thursday at Decatur Memorial Hospital, hours after being shot. 

Police previously said they responded to the Decatur Inn, 3035 N. Water St., at 1:40 p.m. Thursday. The victim later identified as Goodbred showed up at the hospital in a private vehicle. His injuries were described as life-threatening at the time. 

In a sworn affidavit released Friday, police said Drake was in the room with Goodbred, a 24-year-old woman and a 17-year-old male at the time of the shooting. Drake told police that his head was under a blanket during the shooting, and that he did not see anyone with a gun in the hotel room, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police a different story: that the 17-year-old in the room accidentally shot Goodbred while handling a firearm. She said Drake's head was not under a blanket, and that Drake had participated in a conversation about the gun during the ride to the hospital, the affidavit said. 

Macon County Coroner Michael Day said an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday at the McLean County Coroner's Morgue in Bloomington. Day said the autopsy would "help substantiate investigative issues and assist in affixing an exact cause of death." 

Drake was released from Macon County Jail on Friday evening after posting bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

Police had no further information about the case Friday evening.

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Allison Petty at (217) 421-6986. Follow her on Twitter: @allison0512


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