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Elizabethton couple found dead in October ruled murder/suicide

Staff Report • Nov 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Police Department reported Wednesday that evidence indicates the death of a husband and wife on Oct 27 was the result of a murder and a suicide.

Capt. Joy Markland, chief of the criminal investigation division, issued a press release in which she reported that Melissa Griffin, 43, died after being shot multiple times. Michael Griffin, 49, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She said the information received from the preliminary medical findings as a result of the autopsies support the physical evidence recovered at the scene of the shootings.

The bodies were discovered at the Griffins' home at 1508 Garden Road by a family friend who had stopped by the residence that Sunday afternoon.

Read earlier story here.

When officers arrived, they found the Griffins had died as a result of gunshot wounds. After speaking with neighbors, friends and relatives, investigators said they believed the shooting took place around 3 a.m. A neighbor reported hearing a sound that could have been gunshots between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m.

The investigators found evidence of multiple gun shots fired inside the home. A .45 caliber firearm was recovered inside the home. Markland said at the time there was no indication of any other parties involved in the shootings.


Earlier report:

Elizabethton police investigators have determined the couple found dead in late October inside their Garden Road home was the result of a murder/suicide, Capt. Joy Markland said in a department press release on Wednesday.

Officers responded to 1508 Garden Road just before 2 p.m. Oct. 27 after a family friend found Melissa Griffin, 43, and Michael Griffin, 49, dead inside their home. Both died from gunshot wounds, according to police. An initial autopsy report on the Griffins, and evidence collected from the scene, led to the determination.

"Evidence indicates that Mrs. Griffin died after being shot multiple times by Mr. Griffin, after which Mr. Griffin died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Markland said in the release. Witnesses told investigators they heard gunshots between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. that morning. Officers recovered evidence to support that information.

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