After Osceola shooting, Terral Golden charged with murder, attempted murder

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By: Ann Elise Taylor

After a fatal shooting in Osceola Tuesday night, a man arrested in connection with the incident was charged Friday with murder and attempted murder.

Terral Golden, 26, of South Bend is accused of shooting and killing 48-year-old Arles Slaven, as well as attempting to fire a gun at the victim’s friend, according to St. Joseph Superior Court records.

Officers with the South Bend Police Department responded to the incident at about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 10000 block of Douglas Road in Osceola, St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Assistant Commander Dave Wells said. Court documents say police arrived on scene to find Slaven dead inside a residence.

Court records say the victim and his friend went to the home to pick up the friend’s 6-month-old child, whose mother was there.

On Wednesday, Wells said police believe a confrontation preceded the shooting.

A witness said he saw Golden, also known as “G,” shoot Slaven several times, according to court documents. On the way to his car after the shooting, court records say Golden crossed paths with Slaven’s friend — who was attempting to flee — and raised his gun at the man. 

Witnesses said they heard a clicking sound as Golden attempted to shoot the pistol, though the gun did not fire, court records state. 

Though Golden told police he was at the home when the homicide happened, he denied being involved, court records state. He also denied having or handling guns, according to court documents.

Upon searching a home police were told Golden stays in the majority of the time, they found a fully loaded and charged Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, as well as a 10 mm Glock handgun concealed within a couch cushion or pillow in the basement, court documents state.

The defendant was ordered held and without bond, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office said. No court dates had been scheduled for Golden as of Friday afternoon.