Son arrested after father found shot in burning home in NC

Kyle Ray Goins, 37, and Timmons "Tim" Ray Martin, 33, are charged with murder in the death of Danny Ray Goins.

SHELBY, N.C. (WBTV) – Two men were arrested in connection with the death of a man who was found shot inside a burning Cleveland County home Monday. One of the men is the victim’s son, officials say.

Kyle Ray Goins, 37, and Timmons “Tim” Ray Martin, 33, are charged with murder in the death of Danny Ray Goins.


The investigation began when crews were called to a fire at a home on Christopher Road, which turned into a homicide investigation a short time later, according to Cleveland County Captain Joel Shores.

Detectives said the person inside the home had been shot, and they believe the fire was intentionally set as a cover up.

“Body has at least one gunshot wound, possibly more. It appears, and let me re-emphasize ‘appears,’ that the mobile home was set on fire to cover the homicide,” Shores said.

Neighbors and family said Danny Goins lived in the home. Police did not confirm until Tuesday that he was the one found inside.

Danny Goins’ brother, Rodney, was at the scene all day. He said he couldn’t understand why anyone would do this to his brother.

(Christian Flores | WBTV)
(Christian Flores | WBTV)

“He’s just a good person to be around. He’s full of life,” Goins said.

Neighbors said Danny Goins owns an auto body shop, and was someone everyone in the community knew.

“It’s just a shock to everybody,” said Gary Sanders, a neighbor and friend.

Officials said Monday they were looking for the victim’s son in connection to the incident.

“Investigators have been working this case none stop and I am proud of the work they have done,” Sheriff Norman said Tuesday after the arrests were announced. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the Goins family. I know this family is struggling right now with the outcome of this investigation.”

Both Kyle Goins and Tim Martin are being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center with no bond.

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