New evidence surfaces in Griffith murder case

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Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photographer - Chad Darnall

PADUCAH - New evidence has surfaced in the case against Keith Griffith, who investigators say shot his wife Julie, and set their home on fire. He was arrested and charged on last Friday, and he pleaded not guilty.

Keith Griffith appeared for his preliminary hearing today, which last for almost an hour and a half. McCracken County Captain Matt Carter testified against Keith Griffith who said the autopsy revealed that Julie was shot three times in her torso. He also said that Keith's story did not add up.

He sat silently with his head down and fingers crossed, even shaking his head at some of the evidence presented. Keith told deputies he was out of town for work at the time of his wife's death. However, deputies say they have video surveillance of Griffith leaving a hotel in Indiana with a change of clothes over his shoulder, and coming back hours later in the clothes he left with. Officers said they also have video of him throwing a wad of clothes into a gas station trash can.

Captain Carter also noted that Keith's alibi does not add up, and that he had plenty of time to drive back to Paducah to kill his wife and set the house on fire.

"It is very suspicious that Griffith left wearing one thing and returned six and a half hours later wearing different clothes, said Carter.

Carter also said that there is video surveillance of the neighborhood that shows a Ford Explorer, matching Griffith's vehicle, entering the back side of Canterbury Hills just before the fire was reported. Family and friends think Griffith and his wife had few problems and overall had a good relationship.

Griffith is also charged with arson, tampering with physical evidence, and two counts of cruelty to animals.

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