MS - Felicia Griffin, 5, raped & murdered, Jackson, 31 Dec 1994

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  1. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    A man charged with the 1994 sexual assault and death of his then-girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter will become Hinds County's first death penalty case in nearly 10 years.

    Peterson's office said in court papers that it decided to seek the death penalty after new evidence became available, including DNA results that revealed the presence of semen in the victim. A pathologist said the child, Felicia Griffin, was brutally raped. An autopsy showed the child could have died from strangulation, blows to the head or blood loss from the tearing in her genital area.

    Moffett's capital murder trial is set for Feb. 6 and he is being held without bond at the Hinds County Detention Center at Raymond.

    Felicia died at the home her mother shared with Moffett on Lynda Street. Moffett reported to police he found Felicia on the bed bleeding after he came home from a bar. Her sisters, about 4 and 7 at the time, also were home, according to police reports.

    Moffett originally was charged with capital murder in 1994, jailed for several months and then released because prosecutors took too long to forward the case to a grand jury. The district attorney's office lacked forensic evidence at the time to tie Moffett to the crime.

    The grand jury later reviewed the case but did not return an indictment.

    The child's mother, Pennie Griffin, couldn't be reached for comment.

    Griffin immediately accused Moffett and told police she had suspected he sexually abused her children before.

    She said she had taken all three of her children to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for exams for sexual abuse, according to police reports. A doctor examined the girls but found no signs of trauma, bruising or tearing.

    Felicia told an uncle in the summer of 1994 that she had been touched between her legs by Moffett, but Griffin didn't file charges.
    http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050829/NEWS01/508290373/1002
     
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  3. PrayersForMaura

    PrayersForMaura Help Find Maura Murray

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    On December 31, 1994, police discovered 5 year-old Felicia Griffin murdered and raped in her West Jackson home. That night, police arrested her mother's live-in boyfriend, Eric Moffett. But for eleven years the charges did not stick, until now.

    In 1995, Felicia Griffin's tiny, flower draped coffin was laid to rest in 1995. Days before, the little girl was found brutalized in her home at 4226 Lynda Street, beaten, strangled and raped to death.

    At the time of the murder, police said they had their man: 21 year old Eric Moffett, the then-live-in-boyfriend of Griffin's mother. Griffin's family was confident back then that justice would be served. "I have no doubt that he did what he did to my niece," said the victim's uncle Michael Griffin, "He will get what he deserves."

    But eleven years later, the wheels of justice are moving only now. At the time Moffett's case was never given to the grand jury, because there was no forensic evidence linking him to the crime. No one was ever brought to trial for Felicia Griffin's brutal murder, until Tuesday.

    More: http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=4533848&nav=2CSf
     
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    PrayersForMaura Help Find Maura Murray

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  5. ~wildangel~

    ~wildangel~ Proud mom of boys!

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    Should be mandatory execution in my opinion...why even seek it. It should be like "hang im!" right when they find out what he did....simple and less paper would be used, meaning less trees would die and more birds would have nests and there would be more birds:waitasec: how can anyone feel sorry for these men:furious:
     
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    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    SewingDeb "Sorry, I'm not qualified to land the plane."

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    From above link:

    FAST FACTS

    The trial continues today. Circuit Judge Swan Yerger is presiding over the case. The jury is sequestered.
     
  8. PrayersForMaura

    PrayersForMaura Help Find Maura Murray

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    Man Sentenced To Death For Child's Killing

    JACKSON, Miss. -- A man was sentenced to death on Sunday for the murder of his then-girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter.

    Eric Moffett was found guilty of raping Felicia Griffin and strangling her to death in 1994.

    Hinds County Circuit Judge Swan Yerger set an April 26 execution date for Moffett, who will die by lethal injection.

    Moffett has the right to appeal the ruling.

    More: http://www.thejacksonchannel.com/news/7502234/detail.html?rss=jac&psp=news
     
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    Wow April 26 is the date for execution! That is swift! Why aren't all executions this fast?
     

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