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Husband accused of murder wants to suppress statement

BY ANDREA MOORE amoore@paducahsun.com

Keith Griffith returned to court on Friday after his attorney filed a motion to suppress statements made by him the morning after his Reidland home burned and his wife was found dead inside. 

Griffith's attorney, Emily Roark, argues that Griffith's constitutional rights were violated when he was detained Jan. 17 by the McCracken County Sheriff's Department without his Miranda rights being read to him.  

Griffith, 55, is facing charges of murder, first-degree arson, tampering with physical evidence and second degree animal cruelty after his home burned and his wife of 36 years, Julie Griffith, was found dead along with the couple's two dogs  An autopsy later revealed that Julie Griffith had been shot three times before the fire began. 

Detectives said that Griffith told them he was staying in a Louisville area hotel the night of the fire, but a video was found showing Griffith leaving the hotel at 11 p.m. and returning about 5:30 a.m.  Detectives also have video from a surveillance system of a truck similar to Griffith's driving through his neighborhood right before the fire started.  Griffith was not arrested until Jan. 24. 

Roark is asking that all statements made that day and any evidence obtained from those statements be suppressed.  Roark told the court that she expects to call four or five witnesses during the suppression hearing and that the defendant's son will be at the hearing. 

McCracken Circuit Judge Tim Kaltenbach set the motion for a hearing July 18.

Contact Andrea Moore, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8684.

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