UPDATE: Tunnel Hill man arrested in death of Dalton woman
A Chattanooga entrepreneur is in jail accused of murdering a woman and setting her body on fire.
Lauren Taylor, 26, of Dalton was found dead in a Gwinnett County park in October.
After two months of investigation, police arrested Charmane Demetrius Goins, 37, of Tunnel Hill Monday. Detectives say he was having an affair with Taylor but did not name a motive.
Catoosa Co. Sheriff Gary Sisk and his deputies took Goins into custody Monday before he was taken to the Gwinnett County jail to be booked.
"We asked him to come to sheriff's office under the pretense that we had a couple of questions to ask him," said Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk. "Gwinnett County had been up here twice in the last 60-90 days speaking with him and doing some things at his residence."
Channel 3 has learned Goins once tried to turn his life around and even mentored local gang members through the Violence Reduction Initiative. The mayor's office confirms Goins attended the first two VRI call-ins as a representative of LAUNCH Chattanooga. But the mayor's office says it has "no formal relationship with the organization."
Channel 3 featured Goins in a February 2012 story and again in a January 2013 interview. He was fresh out of prison, having served 15 years for armed robbery. When he got out, he wanted to turn his life around and help others get on the right path.
"Because I had been in prison, the respect I had from the street, is so amazing," Goins told Channel 3 in February 2012.
Goins helped open the "Bistro at the Beth" at Alton Park's Bethlehem Community Center. His LinkedIn page shows he was the owner of the Bistro from July 2011 to July 2012. His profile lists him as the Director of Business Support Services for LAUNCH Chattanooga from August 2012 to now.
Channel 3 reached out to the staff at LAUNCH Chattanooga Tuesday for comment but did not immediately hear back.
Goins is charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. He's being held without bond.