published Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

East Ridge accident victim served time for Chattanooga homicide

by Adam Crisp

The man killed in a Monday evening motorcycle crash in East Ridge was out on probation for a 2005 shooting death in Chattanooga.

Richard Lebron Mayo, 33, from Crossville, Tenn., died when his motorcycle crashed into a Orange Grove school bus on Monday, East Ridge police said.

Court records show he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in June 2007, served 11 months, 29 days in the Silverdale Detention Center and was out on probation when the crash occurred.

Times Free Press archives show Mr. Mayo pleaded guilty to killing Terry Goins after the two men had an argument at the Airport Inn. Witnesses told police Mr. Goins wielded a tire iron during the fight.

Mr. Goins’ family expressed displeasure with the short length of Mr. Mayo’s sentence, according to newspaper archives.

about Adam Crisp...

Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...

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tnvolgirl70 said...

i just wonder if the lord let richard mayo see my brother Terrys face before he died? he only got a year and half for killing my brother and now his family knows what we went through. now justice i feel has been served from a higher power

February 10, 2009 at 5:49 p.m.
fcasperson said...

The family and friends of Terry Goins feel justice has finally been served! It was not right that Mayo only served 11/29 for taking a man's life, and Karma finally caught up with him. Yes, God is always watching!

February 10, 2009 at 6:02 p.m.
thatguy said...

More evidence that this is a city filled with hate. And Mr. Crisp what does Mr. Mayo’s probation have to do with his death or reporting the news. Maybe if you look a little harder you can find real news to write about.

February 10, 2009 at 7:48 p.m.
dizanddat said...

How could you use such disrespect for the family of a young man who just passed away not even hours ago and you have to do this NOW? One writer is correct KARMA will come visit you all! The man is gone he owes nobody! The slate is clean! Can you say the same about your own? Disgusting!

February 10, 2009 at 8:38 p.m.
blovedbro said...


February 10, 2009 at 9:26 p.m.
redneckbama247 said...

Richard Mayo aka "Scooter" didnt deserve to die this way. He was a lovable man who cared about others. I dont know why he did what he did to your brother but he dud but that is in the past. He was like a father to me and he didnt deserve this. I'm sorry about ya'lls loss but dont say he deserved this. If you were one of the ones who said that you need to be dealing yourself spirtually.

February 10, 2009 at 10:06 p.m.
dizanddat said...

My apologies. Of course I did not mean to say Mr.Goins deserved to die either. My comments were mostly directed at the Free Press for posting such a story just hours after a young man passed away. Neither of the deceased deserved to die and they certainly should not be disrespected after they are gone which seems to be what this story is doing. Congragulations Mr.Adam Crisp you opened wounds that were better left alone for these poor families. The question is WHY?

February 10, 2009 at 10:35 p.m.
Hurleygurlz said...

We r sorry for the loss of both people. But remember that he pleaded guily and THE COURTS r who gave him the sentence, and he served his time that THE COURTS senteneced him to. Please Pray for Both of these families as they r both going thru alot at this time. But leave out the hateful words that will bring more hatered to the world.

February 11, 2009 at 10:54 a.m.
passerby said...

Justice served? The guy who was killed "wielded a tire iron during the fight," and was high on meth. Sounds like self-defense to me. And are you somehow suggesting that Mr. Mayo should have been murdered instead by this methhead? A tragedy is a tragedy. Show some respect.

February 11, 2009 at 11:09 a.m.
R6CHICK said...

The guy who "wielded a tire iron" thats a tragedy, and Mr. Mayo's story is also a tragedy. Don't sit there and say that about someones loved one that they got what they deserved! How would you feel if someone said all that to you, he got what he deserved because he was a meth addict, Everyone has a past and don't hold that against someone. Someone's death is always painful, have respect!!

February 11, 2009 at 12:23 p.m.

I am employed by Orange Grove Center and arrived at this site as a follow up to learning about the accident with Mr. Mayo and one of our school buses. I was disconcerted and aggrieved to find that this particular 'comment forum' was being used to rationalize "justice served" and "what goes around comes around" beliefs from family, friends and acquaintances of Mr. Goins who lost his life following a sad incident involving Mr. Mayo. I'll get to my point here: I personally know nothing about the incident between Mr. Mayo and Mr. Goins. I should have been able to remain unaware. Mr. Mayo's past has nothing to do with the obviously distraught co-workers of Orange Grove or it's students. I believe sincerely that to disregard the emotions and feelings of the innocent accident participants is both repugnant and unnecessary. Clearly, the parties involved with Mr. Mayo and Mr. Goins are still suffering substantial grieving, anger and loss. With that said, those parties should and still can, exercise some ethical and moral restraint. There are others who are suffering no more or less than you are. Thank you.

February 14, 2009 at 8:37 a.m.
dizanddat said...

I think that says it all. What if? Some innocent children on the bus were hurt? Thank goodness they weren't. Would the people on this forum have ever expressed their regrets for those children and their families? No loss can be compared to another. Their all sad and felt by those who loved them. This story even being put on the internet was a total disregard for everyone in this case. I wish Mr. Crisp would explain his point in even doing this. Apparently he has no regard for these families or the children on that bus. Sad excuse for calling himself a reporter that's for sure.

February 14, 2009 at 12:11 p.m.
tnvolgirl70 said...

to the uneducated "passerby" i think you need to get ALL the facts before you say that mr goins weilding a tire iron was a methhead. mr mayo was the one who said ill kill you, left and got a gun, which by the way has never been found, came back block my brother in with a gun in his hand said i'll shoot you and did it!!! then left the scene and was believe to be a 52 year old man. NOW TELL ME WHO WAS ON METH!!! a 33 year old man looking twenty years older. i hope that now they will do a toxicology test on him now, because he sure cleaned his self up before court. to everyone that don't know the facts, do something else with your life. feb the 9th will be a day YOU ALL will never forget just like AUGUST 14, 2005

February 18, 2009 at 5:25 p.m.
passerby said...

To tnvolgirl70. You pretty much revealed the level of your intelligence and civility in your post, judging by grammar, spelling, and most importantly the content. I and some people here seem to consider your public display of your immaturity and inconsiderate behavior utterly despicable and reprehensive.

"i think you need to get ALL the facts before you say that mr goins weilding a tire iron was a methhead."

But he was. Anyways, from an article published in Chattanooga Times Free Press on June 19, 2007 Tuesday:

"Several witnesses told police that Mr. Goins wielded a tire iron when Mr. Mayo shot him, according to records."


I am glad to help you on this. From the same article:

"According to an autopsy report, Mr. Goins had a high level of methamphetamine in his system when he died."

So Mr. Goins was on really high on meth. Not just a trace level. I am not sure how much is high, but are you somehow disputing he was NOT high on meth at the time of his demise, and this was some sort of setup by the DA, ME, etc?

"do something else with your life."

Exactly. You should do this before telling others. Otherwise, you are just opening your own wounds.

February 18, 2009 at 9:38 p.m.
scootswife said...

Scooter did not have a fiance, he had a wife that still cries everyday. These comments make me sick. people posting hearsay, who went an got the gun!Please get facts straight before you even think my husbands name.I have lost the love of my life an it is hard to get out of bed everyday he was my sunshine an the one I was to grow old with. A part of him died after the accident with Terry so please dont think he got off with a slap on the wrist, He lived with it everyday an could not ever fall asleep or wake without thinking of this. I only pray that scooter an Terry are both resting.

May 12, 2010 at 2:06 p.m.
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