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Murder Suspect In Tennessee Confesses To Killing Country Singer In Louisville

By Craig Hoffman

(LOUISVILLE, January 8th, 2004, 5:30 p.m.) -- Prosecutors may soon go before the grand jury to seek a murder indictment against Glenn Isaac Goins. He's being held in a Tennessee jail on charges he killed a woman there. As WAVE 3's Craig Hoffman tells us, Goins is now the prime suspect in a 1999 murder of a Wisconsin woman whose body was found near downtown Louisville nearly five years ago.

Police say Goins admitted that he choked a woman to death late last week near Johnson City, Tennessee and then buried the body in his mother's basement. Police later found the body of a female, her hands bound and wrapped in plastic in Mrs. Goins basement.

The 22-year-old suspect has a long rap sheet, including kidnapping, theft, escape, assault, and now murder. Not only in Tennessee, but possibly here as well for the 1999 death of Melissa Janjuskevicius who used the stage name Melissa Love.

In the fall of 1999 the aspiring country music singer was on a bus trip from Nashville to Wisconsin. She got off the bus when it made a stop in Louisville, but never got back on. Her body was later found in a field on Broadway, just five blocks from the bus station. She had been raped and strangled.

Back then, Melissa's mother, Brenda Haferman, came to Louisville in hopes of finding Melissa's killer. From her home in Wisconsin, Brenda Haferman says Goins confessed to the crime.

Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell confirmed Goins confessed to killing Janjuskevicius, saying he "mentioned Louisville by name."

Before she was killed, Love had just finished recording a CD. Her mother says she had a promising future, but Goins took it all away.

Online Reporter: Craig Hoffman

Online Producer: Michael Dever

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