WILKES-BARRE — Sherman Hills Realty LLC should not be held responsible for the shooting death of a woman in November because she had been banned from the apartment complex for drug trafficking, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
The Brooklyn-based realty company filed a response to a preliminary injunction request to delay the sale of the apartment complex off Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre.
Details of the sale call for 18 acres consisting of eight apartment buildings be sold for $16 million to Treetop Development of Teaneck, N.J., according to court papers.
Shantique Goodson, 27, of 328 Parkview Circle in Sherman Hills and formerly of Rochester, N.Y., died from gunshot wounds on Nov. 27. City police and Luzerne County detectives allege Kenneth Malik Evans III, 21, of South Sherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, ambushed Goodson as she sat in the passenger seat of a Jeep in front of Buildings 332 and 328.
Evans has been charged with an open count of criminal homicide.
Goodson’s mother, Stacey Goodson, through the Anzalone Law Office, commenced a civil lawsuit against Sherman Hills Realty LLC and Park Management Inc. last month.
Although a formal complaint has not been filed, attorneys with Anzalone Law Office is seeking a preliminary injunction to delay the sale of the apartment complex. A hearing on the preliminary injunction request is scheduled today in county court.
In response, attorney John T. Zelinka, a partner with the Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald Law Firm representing Sherman Hills Realty, filed court papers asking for the preliminary injunction be thrown out.
The sales agreement between Sherman Hills Realty and Treetop Development was signed on Oct. 23. It calls for the sale of 18 acres that contain the eight apartment buildings. Four acres that include the eight-story high rise are not part of the sale.
Closing on the sale is expected to take place later this month.
Zelinka states the only evidence Goodson included in her request to delay the sale is an inspection report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that found the apartment complex had inadequate security cameras, inoperable exterior lights, and broken doors and windows.
“The fact that Ms. Goodson had already been banned from the Sherman Hills property due to her drug dealing would certainly come out during discovery,” Zelinka stated in the response.
Goodson was facing drug trafficking charges filed by Kingston police.
Zelinka stated there is no evidence Sherman Hills is selling the apartment complex to avoid fault in Goodson’s death, noting the sales agreement with Treetop Development was signed two weeks before she was killed.