Lufkin Police rule Aug. '10 Davis Street deaths a murder-suicide
Brianna Shaw mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. Shaw had criminal convictions on drug and failure to identify charges.
Artha Griffin mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail. Griffin had a criminal conviction for driving with an invalid license.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have determined the deaths of a Lufkin man and woman found dead on Davis Street to be the results of a murder-suicide.
Evidence indicates Artha Griffin, 64, shot and killed Brianna Shaw, 23, before turning the gun on himself.
That was what detectives initially believed, but could not make that conclusion because they could not locate the gun used in the incident.
According to police spokesman J.B. Smith, detectives made the conclusion based on the following evidence:
* Laboratory testing of evidence collected from the scene found DNA of only Griffin and Shaw.
* Gunshot residue indicated Griffin fired a gun.
* Gunshot wounds indicate Shaw was murdered and Griffin committed suicide.
* Blood spatter experts from an independent forensic consulting firm evaluated the scene and corroborated the Detectives' finding of murder/suicide.
Smith said detectives believe they have identified the person responsible for removing the gun from the scene following the deaths but have not developed enough probable cause to charge that person with a crime. Police will not release the name of this person because a criminal charge is not pending.
Police say the dead bodies were found the morning of Aug. 29, on the 300 block of Davis Street.