Patrick Godwin Murder Tied To Boyfriend Of Female Co-Worker

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Sanel Durakovic
Sanel Durakovic

The boyfriend of a female co-worker has been tied to the mysterious murder of an Ooltewah man who was shot and killed outside his home.

Sanel Durakovic, 25, has been charged by Sheriff's Office detectives with first-degree murder in the Jan. 7 slaying of 57-year-old Patrick Godwin.

Authorities said Godwin was a hairdresser who worked at the Tease Salon with Sabina Blue, the girlfriend of Durakovic.

The manager of the salon told detectives that the day before the killing that Ms. Blue reported that Godwin had rolled up a towel and snapped her on the buttocks with it. She said it made her uncomfortable.

A client of Ms. Blue's said she had confided to her that Godwin had made advances toward her and she felt uncomfortable around him. She said she stated that she did not want to be left alone with him.

She advised the client that she had told her boyfriend, Durakovic, about the alleged incidents with Godwin. The client said the boyfriend was at the salon the night of the killing to watch out for Ms. Blue.

Durakovic was seen on video waiting in the parking lot in a black four-door Audi. He is seen in his car smoking, stretching, changing parking positions in the lot, getting out of his car and going into the trunk of the vehicle. Durakovic and Ms. Blue left the parking lot at 8:17 p.m.

Authorities said there is also video showing the Audi follow Godwin's vehicle toward his home.

The Audi is seen arriving at the Lomenacque Apartments at 8:31 p.m. The vehicle is there for four minutes with the lights never turning off.

At 9:08 p.m., Godwin is seen leaving the Tease Salon. Detectives said at 9:09 p.m. a vehicle similar to one that Durakovic was driving was seen at the intersection of Lee Highway and Standifer Gap Road.

While Godwin was about to exit the Family Dollar parking lot near the salon, the black vehicle slowed way down on Lee Highway and another vehicle went around it. At this point the black vehicle is too close to the Godwin car and it pulls into a Marathon gas station, detectives said. 

Video from the Marathon station shows a black Audi go around the pumps as Godwin's vehicle drives by. The black Audi then comes up at a high rate of speed behind the Godwin car.

Deputies were summoned at 9:26 p.m. to 8514 Horseshoe Bend Lane, where they found a white male lying next to his vehicle. He had been shot in the head. 

The victim had two gunshot wounds. Two .40 caliber shell casings were found within a couple feet of him.

Neighbors at the time of the shooting saw a black vehicle driven by a young male at the Godwin subdivision. Witnesses said they heard two shots and saw a black vehicle sitting in the street. They said the vehicle drove to a dead end, turned around, and left the subdivision at a dangerously high rate of speed.

Durakovic is seen arriving back at the Lomenacque Apartments at 9:42 p.m., shortly after the murder occurred.

Bond for Durakovic was set at $200,000. 

He is due to appear in General Sessions Court next Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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