2 videos focus of Tuesday testimony in Keith Griffith trial

Surveillance video from inside the Comfort Suites in Jeffersonville, Indiana was played for the jury Tuesday.  The hotel general manager said it shows Keith Griffith leaving the hotel around 11:00 p.m. eastern time and not returning until after 5:00 a.m. the next morning, a 6 hour stretch the state says Griffith used to kill his wife.

During cross-examination defense attorney Mark Bryant said there was nothing illegal about Griffith leaving the hotel and the video doesn’t show Griffith’s guilt.

“During all this stuff, do you have a particular video that you say ‘Mmmmm, that guy committed a crime?'” Bryant asked the general manager.

The state also played Griffith’s interview with detectives.  He was questioned but not arrested the day after his wife’s death. Griffith told McCracken County detective Matt carter he was in Indiana and had proof, including a receipt to Krispy Kreme, but Carter testified the store was closed at the time Griffith provided.

A frustrated Bryant asked Carter why Griffith became a suspect so quickly.

“Who else did you focus on?” Bryant asked. ‘Well, sir, your client was the first person I spoke to. I felt in that particular time that a man that was married to a woman for a period of 36 years would be the best starting point,'” Carter said.

Bryant wasn’t satisfied with that answer and was followed by this exchange.

“Sir, if I can finish my question,” Carter said. “You can do that for Mr. McGee.  I just want a simple, give me some names,” Mark Bryant said. You can explain your answer,” Judge Tim Kaltenbach said.

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