BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was denied on a charge of murder for a 36-year-old man who was arrested for the death of a woman whose remains were found outside a Lowcountry elementary school.
Jerald Jermaine Howard was in bond court Tuesday evening accused in the death of 28-year-old Nicole Goodlett whose remains were found behind Cainhoy Elementary School in 2015.
"This was a senseless and horrific act," said Capt. Bobby Shuler with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office during the hearing.
Shuler then asked the judge that Howard have no contact with the victim's family.
Howard was named a person of interest and originally charged with obstruction of justice in Goodlett's 2014 disappearance.
On Monday, detectives with the Berkeley County Sheriffs Office and members of the U.S. Marshals task force arrested Howard for a murder warrant.
According to a statement by the sheriff' office, law enforcement officers were conducting surveillance on Howard and was stopped driving a pickup truck on Crowfield Boulevard in Goose Creek.
According to an affidavit, Howard and Goodlett were involved in a relationship, and Howard was living with her and her children. Howard previously said the last time he saw her was Feb. 22, 2014.
Records stated Howard rented a car, dropped off their children on Feb. 22, and returned the car to Spartanburg on Feb. 24 after Howard's cell phone pinged on I-26 in Berkeley County late at night on Feb. 23, according to the affidavit.
Banking records show Howard deposited a check dated March 1, 2014 from Goodlett's USAA account into his Wells Fargo account. Howard told the victim's father on March 8 that Goodlett had been missing for about 10 days, the affidavit said.
A search warrant executed on March 20, 2014 of Goodlett and Howard's home showed evidence of a possible struggle in the master bedroom which included gouges in the wall and sheetrock on the floor.
Blood was also seen on the back of the door, the affidavit said.
After Howard was arrested for obstruction of justice in connection with the case, a search warrant on his cell phone included searches such as "Can you identify a burned body," "How authorities identify a burned body," "Burned body cases solvable challenge for investigators."