A Utah private investigator has been ordered to stand trial for what police described as the contract killing of a Glendale businessman last year.
The trial of Robert N. Goode, 27, accused of the fatal shooting of telephone-equipment store owner Frank Fitzpatrick, is scheduled to begin Feb. 27 in Pasadena Superior Court.
Testimony during a preliminary hearing that ended last week alleged that Goode received money from the slain man's business partner, identified as Connley Davidson. Goode had worked for Davidson as an investigator on separate matters. However, Davidson has not been charged with any involvement with the murder, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Barbara Murphy.
A ballistics expert testified during the hearing that the bullets that killed Fitzpatrick were fired from a gun that was later found at Goode's home in Orem, Utah. Goode was arrested June 24.