Elkhart woman pleads guilty to fatally shooting man

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A northern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty in the fatal 2018 shooting of a man whose body was dumped in a wooded area.

Cindy Goodwin, 52, pleaded guilty Thursday in Elkhart Circuit Court to one count of murder in the slaying of Johnny Mullins, 50.

The Elkhart woman admitted during Thursday’s hearing that she killed Mullins on April 1, 2018. His body was found the next day with a gunshot wound in a wooded area near the apartment complex where Goodwin lived.

“I shot him,” Goodwin told Judge Michael Christofeno, when he asked her exactly what she did.

Goodwin acknowledged that she was given the gun by a friend and that the same man had helped her move Mullins’ body from her apartment to the woods north of the apartment complex.

Goodwin had taken part in court-ordered mental evaluations after her attorneys said she had little memory of the events surrounding the murder, but was found competent to stand trial in September.

Goodwin was scheduled to be sentenced March 26. Her plea agreement calls a sentence of 45 years in prison and 10 years of probation.

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