Cousin charged in double homicide, arson in Dickson County

Kenneth Niles

DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The cousin of a man found dead inside a burned Dickson County home last month has been indicted for his and a 23-year-old woman’s murder.

The bodies of Lisa McDonald and John “Chris” Goldtrap, 27, were discovered in a duplex fire on McFarland Lane on April 14.

Dickson House Fire, McFarland Lane
The fire happened April 14 at a Dickson County duplex.

An autopsy revealed the pair was shot in the head and that accelerants were used to start the fire.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered Kenneth Niles, Goldtrap’s cousin, had been at the home on April 13 and that he and Goldtrap had been involved in an argument.

Authorities also determined Niles stole several items from the home after the murders and returned to the property to set it on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence during the early morning hours of April 14.

Niles is charged with two counts of first degree murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated arson, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $1,000.

Niles, 37, who is being held at the Dickson County jail on unrelated charges, was served with the new charges Wednesday.

Two others, 30-year-old Joshua Pickering and Jamey Donegan,43, also face charges for fabricating evidence in the crime.

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