Keith Griffith’s neighbors respond to his plea deal
Snow now covers the bare lot of 307 Tudor Blvd., in stark contrast to the burned shell of a home that stood for more than 18 months. Neighbor David Raddatz is happy the lot is clear.
"It was an eyesore, and it was a remembrance of what happened," Raddatz told Local 6.
In the days, weeks and months after Julie Griffith’s death, Raddatz said the neighborhood traffic was almost unbearable, with people trying to take a peek at the scene of a murder that became the talk of the block of his town. "People constantly driving by and stopping to look at it. It was a little bit of a nuisance," Raddatz said.
There are still signs of the horrific crime that happened on the lot two years ago. Crime scene tape still litters the yard and the fencing that was put up after the fire remains. Raddatz said the attention should be not on what was here, but on the Griffiths’ children, who are still living through this ordeal.
"How they are going to have to live with that for the rest of their life, knowing that the man that raised them murdered their mother?" he said.
Griffith’s children were not in court as their father took the blame for their mother’s death. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond McGee said Griffith’s kids wanted to know the truth and hear it from their father that he murdered his wife of 36 years.
"The children really wanted to know ‘Did our dad kill our mom?’ They do know now, and they accept that," McGee said.