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Perry Griffin's Cold Case

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

"The whole time I'm thinking how am I going to tell my babies that their daddy is not coming home." -Ginger Grier
 

Dating back to 1976 there have been 130 murders in Dothan.
110 of those are solved and closed.
20 are still open and have gone cold.

For those of you who have lived in Dothan for many years you may be familiar with different homicides that happen around town.
For most of them, in the beginning we tell you what police say happened and then we tell you they've caught the bad guy.
Here's a cold case police have tried to solve for 5 years.
Even though there's surveillance video of the entire robbery and shooting, the suspects are still on the run.

It's a scene almost too hard to watch.

"To see him there in his last minutes, it was terrifying," said Perry Griffin's widow Ginger Grier.

It was early morning hours on June 26, 2007 when 37-year-old Perry Griffin was attacked outside his job at Panhandle Converters.

"Two men dressed in all black came out of the woods and attempted to rob Mr. Griffin during that time there was a struggle over the shotgun one of the suspects had. The shotgun was fired and struck Mr. Griffin," said Dothan Police Corporal Chris Barberree.

He was hit one time in the abdomen.
Ginger Grier, Giffin's widow says she remembers that morning like it was yesterday.

"He left really early that morning and he kissed me on the cheek and he said ok babe I'm gone have the kids call me before you drop them off."

Her call was never answered.
Investigators say the odds of the suspects having perfect timing wasn't by accident.

"I feel that the person knew his routine and had knowledge of where he would be that morning," said Cpl. Barberree.

So that lead them to began questioning the closest people first.

"We interviewed all employees friends, anybody that could possibly have information."

For ginger the questions ran deep.

"The whole time I'm thinking how am I going to tell my babies that their daddy is not coming home."

Ginger says it's hard to not get angry, knowing the pain her kids have to live with.

"It's hard for them mostly because when you're little and you do something wrong you get punished and here somebody has done the most horrific thing anybody can do and they seemingly have gotten away."

Ginger says she'd love to have closure for her kids and she has a message for his killers.

"I would love to be able to tell them that I forgive you i have no ill will towards you at all just change your life and don't hurt anybody else," explained Grier.

Ginger says about two years after Griffin died, she was going through some papers and she found three letters he had written to each kid before they went on an anniversary trip.

She says in the letters he wrote about how much he loved them and what he wanted them to know just incase anything happened, while they were away.

Ginger says she will give those letters to the kids when they're a little older.

Police say the shooters got away with an disclosed amount of money.

If you have any information on perry griffin's murder please call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000 or you can text-a-tip to 2-7-4-6-3-7

You could be eligible for a substantial reward.


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