Police solve mystery surrounding Lufkin deaths

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 11:02am

Lufkin Police Department Detectives have concluded their nine-month investigation into the August 29, 2010 deaths of Artha Griffin and Brianna Shaw.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, August 29, 2010, Lufkin Police Department officers were called to a house on the 300 block of Davis Street in Lufkin to a report of a man and woman bleeding in the front yard. When officers arrived on scene, they found the body of 23-year-old Brianna Shaw, of Lufkin, on the front porch of the residence and the body of 64-year-old Artha Griffin, of Lufkin, on the ground next to the porch. Both victims were dead and had suffered a gunshot wound to their head.

Evidence found at the scene indicated that Artha Griffin shot Brianna Shaw and then shot himself, but one the gun was missing from the scene. Detectives did not find the gun used in this incident, delaying the investigation results.

All available evidence proved the deaths to be a murder-suicide and showed that a third party removed the gun from the scene. Evidentiary items assisting the Detectives in reaching this conclusion include;

- Laboratory testing of evidence collected from the scene found the DNA of only Artha Griffin and Brianna Shaw.

- Gunshot Residue tests performed on the scene and the bodies of Artha Griffin and Brianna Shaw revealed that Mr. Griffin fired a gun.

- The gunshot wound to Brianna Shaw is consistent with the finding of murder while the gunshot wound to Artha Griffin is consistent with the finding of suicide.

- Blood spatter experts from an independent forensic consulting firm evaluated the scene and corroborated the Detectives’ finding of murder-suicide.

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.

Lufkin Police Department will not release the name of this person because a criminal charge is not pending.

From Lufkin Police Department

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