Investigator: Mo. Man who killed son used ’bath salts’

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri State Highway Patrol criminologist says a southeast Missouri man had synthetic drugs in his system when he allegedly shot and killed his own son.

A preliminary hearing was Monday in Stoddard County for 40-year-old Charles Goforth of Catron, accused of second-degree murder in the May shooting of his son, 20-year-old Patrick Goforth.

KFVS-TV ( ) reports that a preliminary hearing was Monday. Patrol criminologist Emily Smelser testified that the substance alpha-PVP was found in both urine and blood samples of Charles Goforth. Alpha-PVP is commonly marketed as a so-called “bath salt.”

The judge ruled there was enough evidence for the trial to proceed. Arraignment is Oct. 17.


Information from: KFVS-TV,


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