On Sept. 2, grand juries in Anson County and Union County indicted Eddie Clyde Helms, 61, of Marshville on first-degree murder charges for the 1988 murder of John T. Griffin III of Peachland and the 2012 killing of Charles Ronald Goodwin of Marshville.
Helms was arrested without incident on Aug. 12 by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies, and charged with both murders.
For the families of the murder victims, Helms’ arrest has brought some closure, but the loss still lingers. Although she is glad that someone has been arrested for her brother’s murder, Dimple Treadaway of Peachland says she still feels anguish over her brother’s murder, 24 years later.
She thanked the Union County Sheriff’s Office for finally bringing Helms to justice, but said she feels that another person was involved and worries that person will never be arrested. She said there was one deputy in Anson County who “always kept digging,” and she is glad that someone will finally be punished for Griffin’s murder.
Treadaway said she warned her brother in the days leading up to his death to “watch his back.”
“I told Johnny to be careful,” Treadaway recalled. “He said ‘If I die, I die.’”
She claimed that at the time of his death, Griffin was depressed over the end of his marriage, but she said he didn’t really believe he would be killed.
According to The Charlotte Observer, several women filed complaints against Helms for assault and communicating threats. Complaints were filed against him in 2013, 1998 and 1993. The 1993 complaint came from John Griffin’s estranged wife, according to court documents.
When the arrest was made last month, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said, “I can’t go into a lot of detail but to say the investigation into the Marshville murder led back to the old Anson County murder in Peachland.”
Both Griffin and Goodwin were shot in the back. Griffin was shot while repairing a TV antenna on his roof.
Helms remains in the Union County Jail without bond.