The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld an Elmore County murder conviction against Robert Albert Griffin, 55, of Tallassee.
Griffin was convicted in March of 2013 for the murder of Quinton Thomas.
At trial, evidence showed that several people including Griffin, Thomas and Kelvin Mitchell were at a home on December 2, 2011, playing dice and drinking alcohol when an argument started between Thomas and Mitchell. The men were separated and Mitchell went outside.
Outside, Mitchell told the court that Griffin came up to him, gave him a gun and told him to "F that cuz," a statement corroborated by other witnesses who saw Griffin hand something to Mitchell.
A short time later, Mitchell went back inside and fatally shot Thomas. The man then gave the gun back to Griffin, who then told him that if anyone asked where he got the gun that Mitchell should tell them he stole it from Griffin's truck.
Mitchell pleaded guilty before Griffin went on trial and agreed to testify against him. Griffin was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison, a sentence Griffin fought unsuccessfully to have reversed.
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