Investigators say Griffith's motive for murder is clear


Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photographer - Chad Darnall

PADUCAH - Evidence against Keith Griffith went public for the first time on Tuesday in the McCracken County Courtroom. Deputies arrested him exactly one week after they say he murdered his wife and then set the couple's home on fire. Keith has since pleaded not guilty.

This stems from a house fire in the Canterbury Hills neighborhood on January 17th. Deputies said it took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control, and they later found Julie Griffith's body inside. Foul play was suspect, and Keith Griffith has been charged with murder.

Deputies say his motives for killing his wife and letting her body burn are clear. After weeks of speculation, Captain Matt Carter revealed the information as to why he believes Griffith would shoot his wife three times and set their home on fire.

"He added that he took out a $150,000 life insurance policy on Julie and $300,000 on himself. Those policies became good approximately one week prior to her murder," said Carter. He also said Griffith's alibi did not check out, and that the investigation shows Griffith lied about the time he left and his activity during the evening in question.

Carter says video surveillance shows that Griffith was gone for six and a half hours, which he says is plenty of time to drive back to Paducah and kill his wife.

The ultimate motive investigators say implicates Griffith in his wife's death is an affair he was having with a woman in Indiana. Griffith reportedly sent a text to her saying that "he couldn't get his mind off her". Carter said that the woman alleged that Griffith cried and begged her to not stop seeing him, and that he would "fix the problem."

Griffith's attorney, Mark Bryant, is confident all the evidence against Griffith is circumstantial. He also asked the judge to reduce the one-million dollar bond, but that request was denied.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department is still investigating this case.