Witnesses Told Police They Saw Restaurant Manager Shoot Employee In Case Related To Yelp Review

Courant Community | 1/3/2018 | Staff
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A witness told police he saw a Manchester restaurant manager fatally shoot a fry cook after an argument, arrest warrants for the suspect and his girlfriend show.

James Goolsby, 28, of Cleveland Avenue in Hartford, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the murder of Norris Jackson, a crime that police say may have been prompted in part by negative reviews of the restaurant.

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After a court appearance Wednesday, Goolsby’s bail was kept at $1 million. His girlfriend, Leanne Robitaille, 23, who also worked at the restaurant, Bonchon Chicken, also was arrested Tuesday and charged with hindering prosecution. Robitaille’s bail remained at $100,000 after her arraignment in Manchester Superior Court Wednesday.

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Both are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 18 in Hartford.

There was an on-going dispute between the couple and Jackson, and recent negative reviews of Bonchon Chicken on Yelp “could have been a culminating factor” in the fatal shooting, police spokesman Capt. Christopher Davis said Wednesday.

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An eyewitness told police Goolsby shot Jackson four times after an argument, the warrant says. The medical examiner said Jackson died of a gunshot wound to the neck and the manner of death was homicide.

On the run in Robitaille’s 2007 Mazda 3, the pair stopped at Goolsby’s stepfather’s house in East Hartford, police said. The stepfather said Goolsby told him he had shot a co-worker who was always disrespecting him and his girlfriend, the warrant says.

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Goolsby also told his brother that he had shot a coworker “because the dude got in his face,”police said. Goolsby was crying about what happened and said he had messed up his life, police said.

Hartford police said Robitaille turned herself in to city police officers. Hartford police and U.S. Marshals found Goolsby at a Wethersfield Avenue home Tuesday night, Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.

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