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Woman Arrested, Man Wanted For Harboring Teen Murder Suspect

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Quantrese Leyta Upkins Quantrese Leyta Upkins
Nicholas Goodner Nicholas Goodner
Eric Goodner after his arrest on Wednesday. Eric Goodner after his arrest on Wednesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Police have arrested a woman and are searching for a man who they said harbored a 17-year-old accused murderer.

Detectives arrested Quantrese Leyta Upkins Friday afternoon and charged her with accessory after the fact for helping Eric Goodner.

The 31-year-old is the leased the apartment in the Village Place complex where Goodner was apprehended on Wednesday afternoon. She is the girlfriend of Nicholas Antonio Goodner, Eric Goodner's cousin, who also lives at the apartment.

Police have also issued an accessory after the fact warrant for Nicholas Goodner, who has not been taken into custody.

Police said they learned that Eric Goodner had been staying at the apartment since at least Saturday, April 27. Quantrese Upkins told detectives that Nicholas Goodner asked if Eric Goodner could stay with them.

"It is the police department's view that these two persons contributed to fear and concern in the community by allegedly assisting Eric Goodner avoid capture," Chief Steve Anderson said. "At a time when police officers and citizens throughout Nashville were on the lookout for Goodner, it appears these two persons were helping him despite intense publicity about his fugitive status. We believe they, too, should be held accountable."

Goodner was charged in juvenile court with criminal homicide in the shooting death of 17-year-old Johnathan Johnson. During his hearing on Friday, the judge ruled that there was enough evidence to keep Goodner behind bars. The district attorney also asked that Goodner be tried as an adult.

Johnson's family and Goodner's mother attended the hearing. Goodner was silent throughout the proceeding until the end when he turned around and told his mother that he loved her. She responded, "I love you too."

Johnathan Johnson left his home on 10th Avenue North to catch the bus just minutes before he was shot around 6:45 a.m. on April 11.

Witnesses told police the shooter, later identified as Goodner, was sitting on steps leading to a vacant lot.

When he saw Johnson, police said he walked up to him, shot him more than once, and fled the area on foot.

The bus was headed to Pearl Cohn High School, where Johnson was a sophomore.

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