NC man charged with 2 murders spanning 24 years

MARSHVILLE, N.C. — A Marshville man was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with two murders that occurred 24 years apart.

Eddie Clyde Helms

Eddie Clyde Helms

WSOC reported that Eddie Clyde Helms, 61, of 6912 Fountain Hill Church Road, was taken into custody by members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team around 6:30 a.m. outside his home.

Clyde Helms has been charged in the Aug. 30, 2012 murder of Union County resident Charles Ronald Godwin, and also charged in an open Anson County murder case from Nov. 10, 1988.

The victim in the Anson County case was John Terow Griffin III, of Peachland.

Detectives, along with the NC State Bureau of Investigation have been working the Union County murder case since co-workers found Godwin dead at his home on Holly School Road in 2012.

While investigating the 2012 murder case, detectives found evidence identifying Helms as a suspect in the 1988 Anson County murder case as well.

The SBI reopened the Griffin case, linking the suspect to both crimes. The two cases, though separated by nearly 24 years, bear several striking similarities.

Both came in the wake of several other unrelated murders that year in their respective counties, and both involved the victim being shot in the back, in what the sheriff described as “a most cowardly manner.”

The victims never saw their attacker as he crept up on them in the dark, shooting them in the back.

A motive for the two cases was not disclosed, but detectives did say that in both cases investigators believe anger and jealousy played a key role.

In the Union County case, the sheriff said Helms has also been charged for allegedly stalking Godwin and as well as a woman identified in the case.

Helms has been charged with first degree murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling and two counts of stalking in the Union County case. An additional warrant from Anson County for the 1988 first degree murder of Johnny Griffin was also served on Helms.

Helms is being held in the Union County Jail without bond pending a court date of Sept. 22 for the Anson County charge, and September 30 for the Union County offenses.

Source: WSOC

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