- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial for a western Kentucky man charged with killing his wife after jurors said they were deadlocked.

Prosecutors say Julie Griffith was shot three times last January before her body was found inside her Reidland home, which had been set ablaze. Her husband, Keith Griffith, was indicted on charges of murder, arson and evidence tampering.

The Paducah Sun (https://bit.ly/1A911sz) reports jurors deliberated for six hours Wednesday after closing arguments were presented in the case, but could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Keith Griffith maintained his innocence. His attorney, Mark Bryant, attacked the police investigation and said the jury’s indecision shows he built a strong defense.

“I know that what (people) said all along is that this is a great case for the prosecution,” he said. “Well, obviously it wasn’t because if it had been they’d have had a conviction. So yeah, it tells me a lot about (our) case.”

During closings, he argued that investigators presented little evidence, with no DNA, no eyewitnesses, no murder weapon and no GPS records.

Prosecutor Raymond McGee said Griffith had the motive, the plan and the opportunity to kill his wife.

“We felt pretty confident, but it is what it is,” McGee said.

He said the state will retry the case.

“Really what we saw from the defense was a fluffy dog and pony show,” he said. “They put in friends, put in a lot of pictures of Keith and Julie to create this mirage of a great marriage, but the truth is this man was anything but a good husband.”


Information from: The Paducah Sun, https://www.paducahsun.com

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