A Perry man was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Wednesday in connection with an incident in March at the Perry boat ramp, where he allegedly attempted to murder another man.
Michael Jason, Godwin, 31, of 1311 First Ave., Perry, was charged with attempted murder and willful injury causing bodily injury.
According to court records, on March 2 about 8:30 p.m. at the Perry boat ramp, Godwin allegedly repeatedly struck the victim “in the face with a metal jack handle.” The victim fought off the attack, but Godwin “continued to try and strike him with the jack handle.”
The victim “suffered facial fractures, a broken nose and continued eyesight problems from the attack.”
Witnesses identified Godwin as the attacker and said the attack was unprovoked. A witness
overheard Godwin say that “he was going to beat up and kill” the victim prior to the attack, according to court records.
Godwin is held in the Dallas County Jail without bond pending an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.
Godwin was convicted of assault in 2019 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of assault in 2017 in Greene County District Court. Godwin was convicted on two counts of first-offense domestic abuse assault-use or display of a weapon in 2015 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of disorderly conduct-fighting or violent behavior in 2012 in Polk County District Court. A charge of assault against Godwin was dismissed in 2008 in Polk County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.