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    Well, well. Look at who gets to eat his last meal over 13 1/2 years after he did the deed! Michael Durwood Griffith gets strapped down on June 6th.

    http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/sch...executions.htm

    This POS was a Harris County, TX Deputy Sheriff when he murdered my cousin, Debbie McCormick in Houston in October 1994. Here it talks about his prior occupation as "cleaning service" because that's the last job he had before being arrested and convicted. When he did the murder he was recently fired from Harris County due to repeated acts of domestic violence against various girlfriends. Michael really liked picking on girls...

    Bill Cox wrote a book about it that is very accurate according to the family in Houston. It's Called Shop of Horrors
    http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Horrors-K...680098&sr=8-38

    I'll be celebrating on Wednesday!
    Last edited by hankrearden2000; 06-01-2007, 02:51 AM. Reason: Clarification
    "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

  • #2
    May she rest in peace. Hopefully you will find some closure in this also. If there is an after life I hope that his is really stinky.

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    • #3
      Thank You.
      "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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      • #4
        Hank I hate to hear about things like this. But I am dang glad to see the criminal justice system still works. Just a tad too slow at times though. A needle in the neck is just too easy for a POS like him.
        It's a CERT thing. You wouldn't understand.

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        • #5
          Yes it is.
          "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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          • #6
            Congrats from me

            May your cousin Rest in Peace and ...

            may Griffith rot in hell!
            I’ll die with blue in my veins.

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            • #7
              My sentiments exactly. Thanks!
              "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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              • #8
                What a S.O.B!!! It is too bad NYS does not have the death penalty!! We have more than a few who deserve the chemmies in their veins!! Congrats Hank...hope this helps your fam's peace of mind!!
                Please note: Any assessment, assumption, attitude, conclusion, conjecture, feeling, guess', hypothesis, idea, inference, notion, sentiment, speculation, surmise', theory, thought or viewpoint that I put down is STRICTLY MINE! Remember that they do not represent the State of New York at any time!! At any time that NYS and I have the same viewpoints; they are strictly coincidental!!!

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                • #9
                  Hank, glad to hear that you're going to have final closure on this. Should I see a big smile on you at work, I'll know why,eh? May your cousin rest easy.

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                  • #10
                    Roll on two, fry MFer!!
                    Noise Check!

                    Vic Mackey was my Training Officer

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CO4NYSsoon2bDI View Post
                      What a S.O.B!!! It is too bad NYS does not have the death penalty!! We have more than a few who deserve the chemmies in their veins!! Congrats Hank...hope this helps your fam's peace of mind!!
                      F*CK CHEMMIES..THEY NEED TO FIRE UP OLE' SPARKY AT SING SING
                      If we unite and fight..we can win the day..Save Ogdensburgh or your facility may be next..

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                      • #12
                        http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...kCurrentPage=3


                        Michael Griffith was a good cop, but he's facing execution Wednesday for the October 1994 robbery, rape and murder of a flower shop-wedding chapel co-owner.
                        Courtesy of TDCJ
                        June 4, 2007, 1:37AM

                        'Model officer' turned killer set to die
                        After exemplary career, he stabbed a mother of two


                        By ALLAN TURNER
                        Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle


                        Mike Griffith was a good cop. Early in his career, when he worked in Florida, he even was named "Lawman of the Year." As a Harris County deputy sheriff, he exhibited dedication and compassion.

                        He also had a habit of beating the women he loved.

                        For decades, wives and girlfriends endured the 5-foot-11, 205-pound officer's rages. In 1993, the domestic violence cost him his deputy's job, a position he had held 12 years.

                        Then, on the morning of Oct. 10, 1994, Griffith — working for a cleaning service and strung out on alcohol and Demerol — walked into a wedding chapel-flower shop on the city's northwest side and forced co-owner Deborah McCormick, 44, into a back room where he robbed, sexually assaulted and stabbed her eight times with a butcher knife.

                        Griffith, 56, is scheduled to be executed for the murder Wednesday. The killer has exhausted his state and federal appeals and has chosen not to petition the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for a stay, his attorney, James Rytting, said.

                        Griffith would be the 394th killer to die since Texas executions resumed in 1986 and the 15th to be put to death this year. The former Harris County sheriff's sergeant refused to be interviewed for this story.

                        "It's long past time for this to happen," said Billy Ringer Jr., the victim's brother. "This animal needs to be put to death."

                        Testifying at Griffith's trial, Ringer said his sister's death devastated his family. His father, he told jurors, seemed to be recovering from cancer before the tragedy. After the murder, he said, the older man stopped eating and gave up the will to live. McCormick was the mother of two grown daughters.

                        Ringer said he and members of his family plan to witness Griffith's death.


                        'A good officer'

                        Officers who had worked with Griffith told jurors in the murder trial's punishment phase that the Los Angeles native had been an exemplary officer, one who was dedicated to his work and compassionate.
                        Bay County, Fla., Sheriff Frank McKeithen, who worked with Griffith in the mid-1970s, recalled him as a "spit-shined" deputy who was friendly and capable.

                        "He was a good officer," McKeithen said. "Everybody liked him, his supervisors liked him. ... It just came as a total shock when I read what had happened. It was gut-wrenching to see his picture. It's like two different people."

                        McKeithen said Griffith was selected officer of the year in Bay County. He couldn't recall the exact year. "I seem to remember that they even printed a poster with his picture on it. This was a model officer. But if he did what he's convicted of, he deserves the punishment he's getting," he said. "God have mercy on his soul."

                        Harris County sheriff's spokesman Lt. John Martin, who was a newly hired detention officer when he encountered Griffith in the early 1990s, last week remembered him as a man who showed respect to even entry-level subordinates.

                        "I was a lowly 'white shirt' and he was a sergeant," Martin said. "He didn't have to call me 'sir,' but he did. ... In my mind now, I'm amazed at the contrast between how I viewed him then and how I see him now."


                        Two personalities

                        Trial testimony underscored the Jekyll-and-Hyde qualities of Griffith's personality. On several occasions, jurors were told, Griffith had purchased flowers at the Always and Forever Flower Shop and Wedding Chapel, 3500 Mangum, doing and saying nothing that would have aroused alarm.
                        On the day of the murder, authorities believe, McCormick trustingly admitted the killer to the usually locked store while her mother and business partner, Mary Ringer, ran an errand.

                        When Ringer returned after about 30 minutes, she found the front door unlocked and her daughter missing.

                        She found McCormick lying in a pool of blood in a hallway leading to the chapel, nude from the waist up. She had been stabbed twice in the heart.


                        Other crimes alleged

                        Between the date of the robbery-killing and his arrest in early November, Griffith left a trail of purchases made with credit cards stolen from the shop.
                        Four days after McCormick's murder, prosecutors alleged in the punishment phase of Griffith's trial, the ex-deputy robbed a local savings and loan and shot the teller twice in the head. The young woman survived and testified at the trial.

                        Eighteen days after the murder, McCormick robbed another flower shop and sexually attacked the female clerk at knifepoint, prosecutors contended. The robber spared the woman's life, telling her she was "too young to die."

                        Griffith's first wife testified that during their decade of marriage his temper exploded every few months. On one occasion, Griffith broke several of her ribs; on another, he held a gun to her head.

                        Another wife testified that she met Griffith while working at the Harris County Sheriff's Department. While they dated, he was considerate and charming, but on their wedding day, he flew into a rage and destroyed their furniture. Once she awoke to find Griffith holding a gun to her head and threatening to kill her.

                        Defense witnesses countered that Griffith had been abused and neglected as a child in Los Angeles. His father abandoned the family, leaving the youngster in the custody of an alcoholic mother who spent most of her time in bars.

                        Dr. Mitchell Young, a psychiatrist testifying on Griffith's behalf, told jurors the killer suffered a borderline personality disorder. The discipline of police work held his penchant for rage in check, he said. Young hypothesized that the regimentation of prison life would render Griffith docile.

                        Texas Department of Criminal Justice records indicate Griffith has been well-behaved during his 11 years on death row.

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                        "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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                        • #13
                          No, he wasn't a good cop...good cops don't do what he did...even after their tenure as police officers are over.

                          He's no better than the people he watched over in the jail and I know that the Deputies in Harris County today would show him what if felt like to be beat down. I'm glad we have the death penalty here, but it takes far too long and Hank, I'm sorry for the loss you incurred and hope this brings you peace.

                          May he burn in HELL
                          Moooooooooooo, I'm a goat

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                          • #14
                            One more day...Are you witnessing the execution?

                            May your cousin rest in peace...and this POS get what he deserves...

                            <sigh>

                            OOPS, i apologize, didn't realize this was sworn personnel only... it won't happen again.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.khou.com/news/local/stori....1152650e.html

                              Compared with the previously posted article, Mikey has got fat in prison. Must be some good cookin' on Texas Death Row!
                              "Keep up the good fight, pass the word, and teach others to fight back when unjustly assaulted--be it on the street or in the courtroom. Self-defense is a normal, moral act. So teach your family, friends, and students practical defense against both physical and legal marauders." by Jerry VanCook www.PrisonOfficer.Org

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