On Wednesday, June 2, a Montgomery County Jury sentenced Jason Matthew Goldsmith to nine years in prison after finding him guilty of murder. The Honorable Judge Phil Grant of the 9th District Court presided over the six-day trial.
On October 28, 2018, the Shenandoah Police Department was dispatched to Twin Peaks in reference to a shooting that just occurred. Responding units located the victim, Chris Kiker, in the rear parking lot of the Mattress Firm which is adjacent to the Twin Peaks lot. The victim identified Goldsmith as the shooter prior to being transported to the hospital. Numerous witnesses were interviewed and crime scene investigators from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the crime scene investigation.
On October 31, 2018, Shenandoah PD detectives, assisted by the Texas Rangers, were finally able to locate Goldsmith at the Park and Ride off Budde Road where he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. On November 17, 2018, Chris Kiker died of his wounds, and the charges were later be upgraded by a Montgomery County Grand Jury.
During the six-day trial, dozens of witnesses testified and the jury eventually found Goldsmith guilty of murder. During the punishment phase, the jury found that Goldsmith caused the death under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, which lowered the offense to a second-degree felony with a punishment range of not more than 20 years or less than two years.
Chief Troye Dunlap stated he was proud of the work of the officers and detectives involved in the case. He also thanked The Texas Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol, The Texas Rangers, The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office which played important roles in the investigation and prosecution of this case.