[Hpn] Man Jailed In Homeless Death

William C. Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Tue, 25 Jan 2005 16:31:52 -0500


Man jailed in homeless death

By Henry Pierson Curtis
Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted January 25 2005

A slaying suspect using "Killing" as an alias got miffed during the weekend
when an Orange County deputy failed to call detectives fast enough about his

"You just don't know who you have," Ezra Evans told Deputy Cynthia
Clokadale, according to a police report. "It's for homicide, you stupid
little girl."

Evans, 36, was wanted for questioning about the beating death last week of a
transient in Orlando. The body of John Goggin, 65, was found Wednesday in a
doorway of an abandoned building at Bumby Avenue and Robinson Street.

The insults flew early Saturday after Clokadale arrested Evans on charges of
providing false identification, when he identified himself as "Matthew
Killing," according to the report.

"You better call a detective because they are going to want to talk to me,"
Evans was quoted as telling the deputy driving him to the Orange County
Jail. "If you call detectives and tell them you have Ezra Evans, they will
beat you to jail to get to me."

The arrest came after an acquaintance of Evans checked the Orlando Sentinel
for recent accounts of unsolved homicides, Orlando police spokesman Sgt.
Brian Gilliam said. Evans had told the man and another acquaintance that he
recently killed a homeless man in Orlando and was wanted for another killing
in North Carolina, according to the police report.

Goggin may have been bludgeoned with a board after refusing to give Evans
$10, following several hours of drinking with him, according to the report.

It could not be learned Monday whether Evans is wanted in North Carolina on
homicide charges. He remains in the Orange County Jail without bail on
charges of first-degree murder and providing false identification to a
law-enforcement officer.

The acquaintances said Evans told them he severely beat the victim. He then
left the body covered with a blanket and voiced concern that his shoes would
link him to the bloody scene, they said.

On Thursday, the newspaper reported that the body of a homeless man covered
with a blanket had been found in Orlando.

Thinking that the newspaper article confirmed what Evans told them, one of
the two men flagged down Clokadale about midnight Friday and led her to an
abandoned house where Evans was staying near Lake Underhill, according to
Gilliam and the report.

Another Orlando man who had given Evans a place to stay near where Goggin
was killed contacted police and said Evans had admitted beating someone in
the area, according to the report.

Henry Pierson Curtis can be reached at  hcurtis@orlandosentinel.com  or

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