WEST JEFFERSON — The medical examiner’s report of investigation regarding the Aug. 19, 2018, murder of 79-year-old Diane Goss in Ashe County has been released, revealing new details.
According to the report, written by Ashe County medical examiner Stephen Adams, Goss died due to blunt force trauma to the back of her head, confirming preliminary results from an autopsy performed on Aug. 21.
Adams listed the butt stock of a shotgun found on the scene as the murder weapon.
Jessie R. Hubbard, 60, of Creston, was arrested Aug. 19, 2018, and was charged with Goss’ murder in addition to four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.
The alleged murder took place in Hubbard’s apartment on Nathans Creek School Road in Crumpler. According to then-Ashe County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy J.E. “Bucky” Absher, Hubbard was the one who called 911, regarding a break-in at his apartment.
When officers arrived approximately seven minutes later, they found Goss, of West Jefferson, lying deceased in a pool of blood inside the apartment, according to Absher.
According to court documents, when Hubbard was arrested he had a Marlin 22 caliber rifle, a Fox double barrel shotgun and a Remington model 700 rifle. The shotgun at the scene has been identified via a warrant as one of Hubbard’s possession of a firearm by a felon charges.
According to state records, Hubbard’s past offenses include a 2006 conviction for assault inflicting serious bodily injury, for which he served three years and 11 months in prison, before being released on April 22, 2010. Since 1975, Hubbard has been charged with breaking and entering, larceny, misdemeanor and felony escape from prison, driving while impaired, resisting an officer, violating vehicle registration, driving while license revoked, possession of schedule VI drugs, violation of drug laws, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of stolen goods and assault while pointing a weapon.
Hubbard last appeared in Ashe County Superior Court Feb. 12, where his case was continued to May 20 due to the absence of his attorney, Jak Reeves, and the case’s assigned prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger.