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December 10, 2005

Man guilty of VFW murder

Shooter faces life in prison; jury is fast

      CHARLEVOIX - A man accused of shooting the 79-year-old leader of the Charlevoix VFW post was convicted of first-degree murder.
      It took jurors just 49 minutes Friday to convict David Goldstick in the April 19 death of Bill Brady, said Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecutor Mark Muniac.
      Goldstick, 57, will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. That hearing is scheduled for Dec. 22 in Circuit Judge Richard Pajtas's courtroom.
      "We hope the family is able to get closure," Muniac said.
      Goldstick, who also worked as a VFW administrator, had stolen about $2,000 from the organization and shot Brady because he feared the embezzlement would be discovered, he told detectives in a taped confession.
      Jurors heard that confession Dec. 6, on the trial's second day.
      Other pieces of key evidence included two "silencer boxes," - cardboard boxes stuffed with Styrofoam and fiberglass insulation - that Goldstick made and a sawed-off shotgun Goldstick, a Vietnam veteran, had outfitted with a lawnmower-muffler-silencer. While it wasn't the murder weapon, the gun played a crucial role in the case.
      Goldstick was the first to report finding Brady's body on the floor of a garage the two men used as a temporary home-office for the VFW. A fire months before destroyed the organization's hall.
      Goldstick was not at first considered a suspect, but detectives began asking tough questions when they discovered the sawed-off gun in his car hours after the shooting. He eventually confessed to killing Brady.
      Prosecutor John Jarema finished presenting his case Thursday.
      Goldstick did not take the witness stand and defense attorney Bob Banner did not present any witnesses, Muniac said.

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