Father admits to murdering family, confesses after surviving shooting self in chest


by Renee Murphy


Posted on July 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 7:36 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police have charged John Devine with murder and burglary in the PRP triple murder.

At the LMPD press conference held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., police say John Devine has been charged with three counts of murder and one of count burglary in the PRP triple murder case.

Police say Devine broke in and shot his ex-girlfriend Sade Goldsmith and their 6-year-old son John and their 5-year-old son Jon'tee over the weekend.

"The anger built up and it was just one moment where it occurred. He didn't go into great detail of all the specifics in the interrogation interview," said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, LMPD Homicide Commander.

The children were sleeping upstairs when they were shot.

"It appears Ms. Goldsmith was shot in the front door. He made entry through the back door. She was found in the great room area and the two children were up in the bedroom area," said Wilkerson.
Police say Devine shot himself in the chest after killing his family. He survived and confessed to police.

Goldsmith's family believed Devine was behind the crimes.

Police say Devine and Goldsmith had a history of domestic violence.

Neighbor's tell WHAS that Goldsmith recently got an alarm system for her house, that's how police were first alerted to the shootings.

Devine is still in the hospital and police are not sure when he will be released to jail.