Booking Photo: Eddie Lee Evans
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Washington man convicted of the 2000 shooting death of Robert Goodson was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison today.
On March 5, 2018, a jury found Eddie Lee Evans guilty of murder and found true an allegation that he used a gun during the crime, discharged it and caused great bodily injury.
According to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane, who prosecuted the case, the victim was found deceased with a single gunshot wound to his head inside his home by a friend who had been living in the house with Goodson, Goodson’s wife and their small child.
“The defendant was not known to the victim or his family or friends, but he came to the house on several occasions looking for someone named ‘Yollie,’” said DDA Crane. “This was a mistress to a man that had lived in that house a period before the Goodsons lived there.”
The case went cold until 2017, when the Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Team reinvestigated the case. As a result of new technology that was not available in 2000, detectives were able to acquire new information that led them to Evans.
The cold case team is comprised of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Investigators Adam Salsberry, Nick Hartleben, Gerrit Tesselaar and Walt Peraza, District Attorney Investigator Steve Shumway and Deputy District Attorneys Lisa Crane and Denise Yoakum.